Zambo refugees demand food


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Dozens of refugees on Monday rallied in front of a social welfare center in Zamboanga City demanding for food.

The refugees, who fled the deadly violence here that left over 400 people dead, have been complaining about lack of provisions and other basic necessities.

About 40 refugees trooped to the operations center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at the local sports arena on Sunday evening, but foods packs were only released on Monday.

It was not immediately known why the refugees were complaining about the lack of food when there are tens of millions of pesos worth of donations from various local governments and international and local donors.

Thousands of families were still living in temporary shelters, where 28 people, mostly children, have died from various diseases. Just recently, a Muslim child named Al Kaiser died in the same evacuation center due to severe dehydration and diarrhea.

Evacuees were complaining about the poor sanitation at the sports complex—now dirty and diseases are threatening the lives of the sickly and the old, and children who do not have immediate access to basic health services.

The Red Cross has put up clinic in various tents, but is also overwhelmed by the huge number of the sick people and others needing medical assistance.

Many evacuees complained for not getting enough food or medical care from local authorities. Others begged to be allowed to return home and rebuilt what was left after three weeks of street battles that forced more than 130,000 people to flee their homes.

Just this month, six evacuees—looking for a warm place to sleep—broke into a storage room of the Commission on Elections inside the sports complex and used it as their temporary shelter.

Police said the refugees, who are all residents of Rio Hondo village, also fled the fighting.


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  1. This is the problem now and blame this to the Mayor of Zambo City, Mayor Beng Salazar and Generals ARDO, VANO, Col Malayo and NICA Director Salazar for NEGLIGENCE on their Duties and There was a FAILURE OF INTELLIGENCE! Why is it our President Noy is not interested in conducting a thorough investigation as to Why the MNLF was able to stockpiled Firearms and Ammunitions since January 2013 until the actual attack on September 2013 and there was NO NO INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION that the MNLF will carry the attack at dawn of 18 September 2013? See now a lot of those displaced victims are hungry, no houses etc. those stupid, incompetent govt officials who failed to prevent this attack should be held accountable for Negligence on their assigned duties.