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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Napkins, displacement, and other teen problems in Mindanao

Mar 17, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Three girls from Muslim Mindanao share how difficult it is growing up in conflict areas

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

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

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

An ex-bakwit’s wish

Aug 02, 2014 - 9:30 AM

If the BBL would not be finished we worry that we will be displaced again I am sure that this time it will be more painful says Hajuier Antuan echoing the sentiment of thousands of former ILPs

Zamboanga mayor: We respect Badjao needs, culture

Apr 24, 2014 - 9:53 PM

The city gov t denies it is forcing the Badjao – sea gypsies – to relocate to the mountains Our commitment is to build back better and bring them back closer to their areas of origin

Is prostitution happening in Zambo evac camps?

Apr 24, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Adding to the bad condition of the evacuation centers an alarming report claims that prostitution is happening in the camps and that cases of sexually transmitted diseases are infecting the IDPs today

The Badjao of Zamboanga: Victims of war and relocation

Apr 21, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Delays mark plans to build bunkhouses for families displaced by the Zamboanga siege Badjao families have another problem: they have to live by the sea but gov t wouldn t let them