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Usman-affected families in Albay village wish for safe relocation site

Jun 08, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Residents of Barangay Maynonong in Tiwi, Albay, have received help after their village experienced landslides in December 2018, but their ultimate wish is to live in a place free from the threat of disaster

Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide – UN

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

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

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

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

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

First a war, then a storm: Marawi evacuees' tents ravaged by Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Typhoon Vinta damages tents of some Marawi evacuees, forcing them to take shelter in other structures

How a peaceful community in Marawi thrives

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Marawi residents directly affected by the war continue to thrive

Beyond donations, help Marawi victims regain their dignity – DSWD

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:07 PM

DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco says the department is focused on providing sustainable livelihood projects to the displaced families, which would allow them to regain control of their lives

MARAWI CRISIS. Displaced residents line up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal Hall, Lanao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

Displaced 95-year-old person with disabilities sells potatoes to support family

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:13 PM

People who have met Datu Mangontra Sultan do not see him as a person with disabilities and an internally displaced person, but as a strong and committed individual who wants to continue providing for his family

CAPABLE. Datu Mangontra Sultan, 95 years old, works hard despite his old age and disabilities. Photo by Jamilia Taha

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

Marawi women's tale: We want to go home, but our homes are destroyed

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Two young mothers from Marawi recall the moment they fled the fighting and how they are coping with life in evacuation centers

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

Forced to flee: How many have been displaced due to conflict?

Jul 11, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Over 4 million Filipinos have been displaced in Mindanao alone since 2000 according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

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

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Jul 10, 2017 - 3:59 PM

According to the International Rescue Committee internally displaced people are extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse

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.

Thousands flee anti-ISIS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:20 AM

In just a little over a week more than 45 000 are displaced in Iraq and over 26 000 are forced to flee in Syria

Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017, during an offensive by security forces to retake the western parts of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

1,955 families displaced amid Butig clashes

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:40 AM

The local government is expecting more residents to be displaced as the military continues its offensive against the local terror group

DISPLACED. Social workers from the provincial government of Lanao del Sur attend to the need of displaced families in Butig town after armed skirmishes between government forces and the Maute terror group. Photo courtesy of Jennie Tamano, Lanao del Sur PIO

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

Iraq's Fallujah nearly cleared but aid effort flounders

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:30 PM

While Iraqi forces have been able to make significant progress against the Islamic State in the city of Fallujah a humanitarian crisis is unfolding

epa05381010 Iraqi displaced families build tents at a refugees camp held recently in western Fallujah city, 60 km west of Baghdad, Iraq, 21 June 2016. According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Iraqis fled their homes in Fallujah city due the ongoing fighting between the Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) terror militia. EPA/NAWRAS AAMER

Aquino: 81 bills rejected in 6 years

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Among all the presidents after Martial Law it was Aquino who vetoed the most number of bills followed by President Fidel Ramos

Atrocities of trench warfare: A 'bakwit' experience

Mar 30, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Experiencing their struggle firsthand can change the way we view the Lumad

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

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

Rappler Talk: Addressing Lumad killings and internally displaced people

Sep 09, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Rappler talks to Vicky Tauli Corpuz the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on how to deal with the alleged human rights violations committed against the Lumad

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

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

After UN comment, Palace admits delays in Yolanda rebuilding

Aug 01, 2015 - 4:39 PM

What the President said was we re doing a lot of things today that should ve already been done yesterday says Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

MILLIONS DISPLACED. Malacañang said it would track foreign aid better to ensure it would help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

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

PH's Yolanda rebuilding 'inadequate' – UN

Aug 01, 2015 - 12:46 PM

More than a year after the super typhoon roughly 2 000 families remain in bunkhouses as well as in palm thatch temporary homes

Rescued Rohingya in Aceh: 'We do not have a home'

May 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Muslim Rohingya rescued from the waters off of Aceh in Indonesia recount their tragic sea exodus

RICE AND NOODLES. Rescued migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh having breakfast at a sports hall in Lhoksukon, North Aceh, on May 12, 2015. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

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

Over 51,000 residents still displaced in Maguindanao

Apr 21, 2015 - 11:40 AM

A total of 10 259 families remain in evacuation centers a month after the all out military offensives against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ended

LIFE INTERRUPTED. Thousands of families from Maguindanao continue to be displaced a month after the all-out offensive against the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters ended.