Tag Archives: mass displacement

Iraq presses Mosul assault, UN warns of danger to civilians

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WAR ZONE. An Iraqi boy rides a bicycle in west Mosul’s al-Saha neighborhood on May 29, 2017 as smokes billows during ongoing battles by Iraqi forces to retake the city from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Karim Sahib/AFP

More than 7 months into the massive operation to recapture Mosul from ISIS, Iraqi forces have retaken the city’s east and large parts of its western side, but the jihadists are putting up tough resistance in areas they still hold

MOSUL, Iraq (May 30, 2017) — Iraqi forces pressed forward with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle. Continue reading Iraq presses Mosul assault, UN warns of danger to civilians

Marawi: Images from a ghost town

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Image by Bobby Lagsa / Rappler.com

Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa is one of the 3 photojournalists who are able to go around some parts of Marawi City on the 3rd day of the siege

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (May 27, 2017) — Marawi City’s Amai Pakpak Avenue has had more soldiers than residents. So have the other streets in the city proper. Since the military started hunting down members of the Maute Group and other terrorists on Tuesday, May 23, Lanao del Sur’s capital has been a ghost town. Continue reading Marawi: Images from a ghost town

WATCH: Marawi residents flee clashes on Day 1 of Martial Law

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LONG LINES. Security officers check the bags of commuters entering Iligan City

President Rodrigo Duterte is already threatening to expand his Martial Law declaration to cover the entire country. If there’s anything we learned, he doesn’t make empty threats about martial law

May 25 2017 — It’s Day 1 of Martial Law in Mindanao. Rappler multimedia reporter Carmela Fonbuena filed this report. Continue reading WATCH: Marawi residents flee clashes on Day 1 of Martial Law

Students walk 32 kilometers to flee Marawi City

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LONG LINES. Security officers check the bags of commuters entering Iligan City

Mindanao State University’s satellite campus in Iligan City is prepared to accommodate students who evacuated from the main campus in Marawi City

LANAO DEL NORTE, Philippines (May 25, 2017) — Desperate to flee Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, students at the main campus of the Mindanao State University (MSU) were forced to walk up to 32 kilometers to Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, on Wednesday, May 24. Continue reading Students walk 32 kilometers to flee Marawi City

Thousands flee Marawi to escape clashes

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MASS EVACUATION. Residents fleeing Marawi City ride out a traffic gridlock near a police checkpoint at the entrance of Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

People are packed in private and public vehicles with whatever possessions they can bring with them, some toting livestock and pets

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (May 25, 2017) — Thousands of people fled Marawi City in Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, May 24, and headed to nearby Iligan or Cagayan de Oro City to escape the clashes between government troops and the Maute terrorist group. Continue reading Thousands flee Marawi to escape clashes

ARMM governor condemns ‘acts of terror’ in Marawi

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SEEKING PEACE. Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman says they will ‘stop at nothing’ to bring justice and peace to the Bangsamoro region. Rappler file photo

‘Any group who sows terror and then dares to say that they do it in the name of Islam should be ashamed,’ says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman

MANILA, Philippines (May 24, 2017) — Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman on Tuesday, May 23, condemned the Maute Group for sowing terror in Marawi City. Continue reading ARMM governor condemns ‘acts of terror’ in Marawi

Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

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The archipelago of Kiribati is the world’s lowest-lying country, with an average height above sea level of just two metres. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kiribati and other low-lying countries are under threat from climate change, and while their people would rather stay behind, they may be left with no choice

May 18, 2017 — “Like a drop of water in a bucket, on its own is small, but if there are many, many drops, soon it is overflowing.”

Erietera Aram’s water analogy is apposite. His country faces being lost under the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading Pacific islanders bring desperate message to Australia

Trump aides postpone meeting as clashes over Paris climate deal continue

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Ivanka Trump is understood to favor remaining in the Paris climate deal, while others want out. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President promises decision on US involvement before this month’s G7 summit, but the debate reveals deep divisions within his core team

May 9, 2017 — Donald Trump’s advisers have postponed another meeting on whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement, amid growing nervousness from businesses and other countries over a potential withdrawal. Continue reading Trump aides postpone meeting as clashes over Paris climate deal continue