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The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Displaced Maranaos in Marawi find healing in gardening

May 26, 2018 - 11:07 AM

'This is like tending to a newborn child,' says Nor-Aine Tantuas, one of the internally displaced persons living in Marawi City's Sagonsongan relocation site

HEALING IN GARDENING. Wafah Tantuas pourS water into the chili plants that she tends to with her mother Nor-Aine. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Residents to gov't planners: Build better Marawi for us

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'If they could improve our water system, sewerage system, and electricity – where our lights are not blinking – we would welcome that. But road expansions? We don’t need that. Our land is not for sale,' says Dr Potre Dirampatan-Diampuan

LIFE AFTER MARAWI. Faisa Riga gets emotional as she listens to fellow Maranao's experiences in the Marawi seige. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Thousands flee fresh clashes in northern Myanmar, says UN

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Many have been displaced in the state of Kachin near the border with China in the last 3 weeks, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Vietnam donates 200 metric tons of rice to Marawi IDPs

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan hands over the rice donation to Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan in Dalipuga, Iligan City

DONATION. DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shakes hands with Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan after signing the deed of donation. Photo courtesy of DSWD

A painful homecoming for Marawi evacuees

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:02 PM

'We were hoping for something better, but now the reality just hit us. This is really sad, but this is life,' says Muktar Usman Apon as he gathered scrap metal and other items in their destroyed home that they can sell to the junkyard

TEARFUL HOMECOMING. Haj Mohaymen Ampuan can only cry in despair as he sees his home for the first time since the Marawi war broke out on May 23, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi evacuees rally to be allowed to return home for good

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers secure a permit from Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra but he says he didn’t know they planned to enter the ground zero. The military says it was generally peaceful.

PEACE RALLY. Security forces block Muslim residents of Marawi who attempt to hold Friday prayers inside ground zero on March 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of Baishora Ace

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

Marawi residents return to looted homes

Nov 04, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Civic leader Drieza Lininding says government should acknowledge the massive looting that took place in Marawi City

AFTERMATH. A house in Marawi City after looting. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The village chief named Captain Maute

Nov 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Barangay Pacalundo has had the most frequent visitors among areas that accepted IDPs from Marawi City because it is well-organized and coordinated, according to humanitarian aid, government, and private organizations. Cap has also become a household name to them.

VILLAGE CHIEF. Captain Maute (in green) helps villages fill up a form. Photo by Diana G. Mendoza

Marawi evacuees pine for home as they observe Eid'l Adha

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:11 PM

We just don’t know if we have something to return to says a woman from Barangay Lilod

INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS from Marawi City commemorates Eid Al Adha at the Saguiaran Municipal Gymnasium On Friday, September 1, 2017. Eid Al Adha is the feast of sacrifice of as God ask Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ysmael which tested his faith. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Evacuees in tent city to Duterte: End war in Marawi, allow us to go home

Aug 05, 2017 - 7:52 AM

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte makes his second visit to government troops on the frontline of the fight against terrorists

WATCH: Marawi humanitarian crisis grows even as battleground narrows

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:11 PM

A Maranao asks government to send more doctors medicines and drinking water for her fellow evacuees whose number has already reached about 360 000 MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz reports from Marawi City

Information management vital for Marawi recovery – UN OCHA

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:30 PM

UN OCHA launches an online platform to help local government units and NGOs learn the needs of those affected by the armed conflict

MARAWI CLASH. ARMY soldiers stood watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. the soldiers are holding the shorelines to prevent fleeing members of Maute group. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi kids undergo psychosocial treatment

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:29 PM

At least 70 child refugees participate in a series of activities aimed at entertaining and empowering the kids staying in evacuation centers

EVACUATION CENTERS. Through the psychosocial program, the soldiers hope to help divert the children’s attention away from the trauma caused by the war.

Caritas PH brings P10-M aid to home-based Marawi evacuees

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:29 PM

An estimated number of 97 788 families from Marawi or 438 701 evacuees are staying with their relatives or friends in surrounding regions

EVACUEES. NASSA/Caritas Philippines during its rapid needs assessment in one of the evacuation areas in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of NASSA/Caritas Philippines

Ormoc City eyes relocation of 1,500 families in quake-hit villages

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a quick visit to Ormoc City to meet with local officials and distribute cash assistance to quake victims

CONDOLENCES. President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with the family of Rhissa Rosales, one of the Leyte earthquake fatalities, on July 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

Israel gives medicine, equipment to crisis-hit Marawi residents

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The Israeli Embassy in Manila turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

HUMANITARIAN AID. Israel ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau together with his wife Lizia Lu turns over medical supplies to Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon. Photo by the PRC

Duterte promises evacuees help to rebuild Marawi

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Tutulungan ko kayo hanggang relocation And then we will rehabilitate ang Marawi Gaganda iyon ulit says President Rodrigo Duterte as he visits evacuees staying in Iligan City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with some of the evacuees from Marawi City during his visit at the Iligan City National School of Fisheries on June 20, 2017 where 229 displaced families have taken shelter. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DepEd provides psych first aid for displaced Marawi students

Jun 17, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The assistance is being conducted in Lanao del Sur Lanao del Norte and Iligan City schools where most of the displaced students are enrolled

ASSISTANCE. The Department of Education provides psychological first aid to students displaced by the conflict in Marawi. Photo from the Department of Education

Displaced families in Marawi to receive P5,000 from DSWD

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:15 PM

P1 000 is intended for food assistance during Ramadan while the remaining P4 000 will be for transportation and other needs

DISPLACED. Internally displaced persons passed thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

Moro youth group calls to end Marawi airstrike

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The fact that the military made a mistake is enough reason to stop the airstrike says former human rights chair Etta Rosales

END AIRSTRIKES. Sittie Janine Gamao of the Coalition for Moro Youth Movement calls for the immediate termination of airstrikes in Marawi City during a martial law forum on June 2, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Over 55,000 people forced to flee homes in Marawi

May 28, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will provide assistance even to evacuees staying in their neighbors or relatives houses

Internally displaced persons passed thru a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017, following armed clashes between the Maute group and government forces in Marawi City.

Four years on, lives of Myanmar's Rohingya still on hold

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We eat when we get our quota If we do not get it we cannot eat says Myee Shay who is among tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya

In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, a group of minority Muslim Rohingya gather outside a store at the Aung Mingalar displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Anti-Muslim sentiment runs high in the impoverished region, fanned by hardline Buddhist nationalists who revile the Rohingya and are viscerally opposed to any move to grant them citizenship. They insist the roughly one-million strong group are intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back generations. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Senate bets vow to act on sectoral concerns

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Seven senatorial candidates court the support of 7 marginalized sectors promising to pursue their priority agenda

SECTORAL CONSULTATION. Senatorial bets attend Ang Kailangang Boses a forum in Ateneo de Manila University where they listened to representatives from various sectors. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

7 sectors set agenda for Senate bets in forum

Mar 16, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Representatives of the labor OFW farmers indigenous peoples detainees displaced persons and PWD sectors tell senatorial candidates what they expect from them should they win

AGENDA. Representatives from 7 marginalized sector of Philippine society present their agenda to 6 senatorial candidates. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

Soliman: We respect Lumad's rejection of housing proposal

Oct 10, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman clarifies that the proposed transitional shelters was an interim solution while conflict continues in the Lumads area and is not meant to remove them from their ancestral land

Voice of a Lumad widow: Our land, our blood

Sep 27, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The widow of slain Lumad leader Dionel Campos talks to Rappler about the killing and the Lumad s quest for justice and protection of ancestral land

A group of ALCADEV students reenact the atrocity happened on September 1 in KM 16, Barangay Diatagon town of Lianga, Surigao del Sur where 3 Lumad leaders were allegedly killed by the paramilitaries formed and organized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

500,000 more children uprooted by Boko Haram – UNICEF

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The additional numbers of children made homeless has taken the total number of youngsters in the Lake Chad region who have been forced to flee to 1 4 million

'RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES.' A picture taken on September 16, 2015 shows children standing in the Assaga refugee camp, set up by the UN three months ago for Nigerian refugees who fled to southeast Niger to escape the Islamist group Boko Haram. Photo by Boureima Hama/AFP

Photo exhibit: A crisis almost forgotten

Aug 23, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Nearly two years since the Zamboanga conflict ended the survival of the IDPs remains affected by crisis situation

 Photo by Veejay Villafranca/ACF Photo by Veejay Villafranca/ACF

Eastmincom spokesman sacked after rebuke from UN rapporteur

Aug 13, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Colonel Eduardo Gubat issues a public apology to UN Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani

EVACUEES. Lumad evacuees huddle inside an evacuation site in Davao City. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Military grossly distorted my views on Lumad evacuees – UN rapporteur

Aug 13, 2015 - 11:12 AM

I therefore consider that the AFP statement in its news release of 7 August that the Lumads in Davao City are victims of human trafficking is incorrect unacceptable and represents a gross distortion of my views on this issue

UN Special Rapporteur to PH: Defend Lumad from militarization

Aug 01, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Chaloka Beyani the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons says he is alarmed over the alleged forced recruitment of Lumad to join the paramilitary group Alamara

FORCED RECRUITMENT? Chaloka Beyani, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, talks to displaced Lumads from Davao del Norte and Bukidnon in Davao City during his 10-day visit to the Philippines. Photos from WikiCommons and Mindanao People's Peace Movement

Displaced people in Maguindanao meet their basic needs

May 22, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Around 15 000 families in evacuation centers in 6 Maguindanao towns receive food and supplies from ICRC

MAGUINDANAO DISTRIBUTION.  The ICRC provides emergency relief assistance to displaced residents of Maguindanao.

IN PHOTOS: The 'bakwits' of Shariff Aguak

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:57 AM

They need assistance but their sincere hope is for things to go back to normal They do not want to live longer in a situation where they are in constant fear of getting caught in the crossfire

Mindanao's returnees get help with kelp

Apr 03, 2015 - 4:50 PM

Displaced by conflict some Mindanao residents are trying to get back on their feet through livelihood but the temporary nature of their return still poses problems

As offensive vs BIFF ends, evacuees total 91,600

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:40 AM

A total of 17 956 families or 91 602 people are still living in 79 evacuation centers in 13 towns in Maguindanao

CONFLICT. Hundreds of families from villages on the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao fill makeshift evacuation centers while fighting rages between elements of the MILF's 108th Base Command and BIFF fighters. Photo by Rappler

'Host families': A home for IDPs in Maguindanao

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:26 PM

In an evacuation center the displaced are all grouped together in one place This makes it easier to assess the basic needs for latrines water and health on a per person basis

Abdullah Sema and his wife Babuh in front of their home in Maguindanao. Photo by Ana Santos/ Rappler

Tabang Sibilyan: Help internally displaced people in Mindanao

Mar 16, 2015 - 6:25 PM

More than 123 000 people displaced by military offensives against Moro rebels need your support

Hundreds of families from villages on the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao fill makeshift evacuation centers while fighting rages between elements of the MILF's 108th Base Command anf BIFF fighters.

Maguindanao evacuees hit 93,000 as offensives continue

Mar 13, 2015 - 5:07 PM

A group of Moro professionals sounds the alarm over the insufferable violence that refugees have been experiencing in evacuation centers

Residents displaced by the fighting are seen in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao. The military launched attacks against the the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. Photo by Jef Maitem/Rappler

Living in conflict zone: I know what it feels like

Mar 11, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The real pain however comes when the adrenaline dries up and you realize that you may not be able to return to your “home” for a long time if ever

Conflict displaces 75,000 in central Mindanao

Mar 04, 2015 - 1:44 PM

There is growing concern over the duration and scope of the military offensive against Moro rebels a report by the UN refugees body says

DISPLACED. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center. File photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera

Zamboanga still under siege

Jan 17, 2015 - 8:45 AM

191 people died in the siege of Zamboanga City More than a year after gunfire punctuated church bells across the city the death count has more than doubled

DESTRUCTION. Sta Catalina, after the siege. Photo by Patricia Evangelista/Rappler

Nigeria's Boko Haram refugees: fleeing in their thousands

Dec 13, 2014 - 12:17 AM

About 400 000 of the internally displaced are in or near Yola according to Nigeria s National Emergency Management Agency heaping pressure on the city s resources

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Don’t forget 20K homeless after Yolanda – UN

Nov 08, 2014 - 3:00 PM

International organizations and humanitarian groups have credited the government for its competent and impressive rehabilitation efforts but notes that permanent shelter and livelihood remain urgent needs

After world aid, gov’t must scale up Yolanda rehab

Nov 04, 2014 - 8:41 PM

International experts from Manila New York and Geneva tell Rappler the government must give displaced survivors dignified temporary shelters while working out long term settlement and policy issues

World Teachers' Day gift: Supplies for teachers near Mayon

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:58 AM

The education department expects all 78 schools affected by evacuations to resume classes Tuesday September 30

MAKESHIFT CLASSROOMS. Students in Guinobatan, Albay attend classes in tents. File photo from Albay Governor Joey Salceda's Facebook account

Moving on after the war

Sep 11, 2014 - 3:00 PM

They lost their home and their only source of livelihood but they manage to survive by helping themselves

The bigger battle a year after the Zambo siege

Sep 10, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Thousands of people displaced by the conflict are still in crowded makeshift shelters where many have died of malnutrition and illnesses

‘We do not want to justify the deaths’ – Zambo mayor

Sep 08, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Almost a full year after the siege of the city Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco admits to the rise in deaths among the internally displaced and says there is much that needs to be done

ONE YEAR AFTER. An internally displaced child looks out from a makeshift home at the Enriquez Sports Complex in Zamboanga City. Photo by Patricia Evangelista / Rappler