COMMUNITIES DISPLACED IN ZAMBOANGA

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NINE months have passed since the clash between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City and yet, 40, 000 people cannot return to their homes and are still living in an overcrowded sports stadium or along shorelines. Victor Haliddan from Rio Hondo never thought his house would be destroyed as the fighting was in another village, saying “we never imagined the violence would intensify. I told my children that Sta. Barbara (village) is far from us. But the fire still reached our house.” The Philippine Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross continue to respond to the needs of the displaced population, addressing the problems on sanitation and water supply in different evacuation areas, and strengthening their resilience through cash-for-work schemes and unconditional cash grants. ICRC is also refurbishing health stations damaged in the fighting and providing medicines, other supplies and technical and financial support to local health authorities and the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

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