WADING INTO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a government police officer along with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-back) wading through a flooded farm on their way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/ AFP Fighting in Mindanao and extreme weather events combine to make a ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ in the Philippines, says Thibault Henry of the charity Acted
PARIS, France (Aug. 24, 2017) — Fighting in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe”, French aid groups said Wednesday.
Continue reading ‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Philippines – aid groups BATTLE VS ISIS. A fighter from the Hashed Al-Shaabi walks inside al-Nour neighborhood in Tal Afar, the main remaining stronghold of the Islamic State, on August 23, 2017. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP The United Nations says ‘thousands of civilians’ have fled Tal Afar, but around 30,000 remain trapped
TAL AFAR, Iraq (Aug. 24, 2017) — Iraqi forces on Wednesday, August 23, recaptured several districts and advanced towards the center of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group’s last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting.
Continue reading Iraqi forces advance towards heart of ISIS-held bastion ON THE JOB. Cliff Alvarico (center) is UNHCR Philippines’ Program Officer and concurrently heads the organization’s response to the Marawi displacement crisis. All photos from UNHCR UNHCR places the spotlight on 4 Filipino humanitarian workers on the front lines of protecting families on the run from conflict, violence, and persecution
August 21, 2017 — World Humanitarian Day brings the world together to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to aid workers who help them.
Continue reading On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict Alahadj Ismael Panarigan – internally displaced Maranao. Rappler.com This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte makes his second visit to government troops on the frontline of the fight against terrorists
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Aug. 5, 2017) — Speaking on behalf of his new neighbors in a recently opened tent city in a town near Marawi City, Alajadj Ismael Panarigan called on President Rodrigo Duterte to end the conflict in their city.
Continue reading Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home EVACUEES. NASSA/Caritas Philippines during its rapid needs assessment in one of the evacuation areas in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of NASSA/Caritas Philippines An estimated number of 97,788 families from Marawi or 438,701 evacuees are staying with their relatives or friends in surrounding regions
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 19, 2017) — At least 114,715 families or 522,778 persons have been displaced by the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City as of July 17, Monday.
Continue reading Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees FLEEING THE FIGHTING. A mother and her baby rest at an evacuation center at the Buru-on Barangay Hall in Iligan on the southern island of Mindanao on June 15, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Over 4 million Filipinos have been displaced in Mindanao alone since 2000, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 11, 2017) — Apart from natural disasters and hazards, frequent conflicts in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, force residents to seek refuge in evacuation centers.
Continue reading Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict RELIEF. The Department of Social Welfare and Development sends assistance to those affected by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo from DSWD A total of 1,837 families or 9,185 persons living in Leyte are displaced by the earthquake
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 9, 2017) — The magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte last Thursday, July 6, not only left two people dead and more than a hundred others injured. A total of 1,837 families or 9,185 persons have also been displaced, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Continue reading DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors EVACUEES. Marawi City residents inside an evacuation center. Photo from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Eid’l Fitr or the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan falls on Monday, June 26
MANILA, Philippines (Jun. 22, 2017) — Civil society leaders affected by the crisis in Marawi City urged the national government to fast-track the release of the cash assistance they are expecting to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Continue reading Maranaos call for quick release of cash aid needed for Eid’l Fitr DISPLACED. Residents of Marawi City fleeing the clashes between government forces and the Maute Group pass through a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will provide assistance even to evacuees staying in their neighbors’ or relatives’ houses
MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — At least 55,095 people or 11,458 families have fled their homes in Marawi City since Tuesday, May 23, following clashes between government troops and the Maute Group.
Continue reading Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi WHO’S TO BLAME? Internally-displaced people (IDP) look on during the arrival of the UN security council high delegation on September 3, 2016 at the UN House IDP camp in Juba. File photo by Charles Atiki Lomodong/AFP The confidential report points the finger at President Salva Kiir and army chief of staff Paul Malong as having ordered the large-scale attacks that began on July 8
UNITED NATIONS (Sept. 9, 2016) — A UN panel of experts has concluded that heavy fighting that engulfed South Sudan’s capital Juba in July, forcing vice president and ex-rebel leader Riek Machar to flee, was “directed by the highest level” of the country’s military.
Continue reading UN panel blames South Sudan leaders for Juba violence