Category Archives: evacuees

Group says mining interests behind military presence in Lumad lands

DIATAGON, Lianga, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/24 July) – Military presence in Lumad or indigenous communities in Surigao del Sur is meant to stifle local opposition to the entry of mining firms, leaders of a Lumad organization said. Sherwin Tejero, of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod (Mapasu) or Sustained Struggle for the Next Generation, in an […]

On Guard

Soldiers from the 75th Infantry Battalion keep watch outside the evacuation center in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on July 20, 2018. Journalists who want to interview the evacuees from the barangay’s upland areas are required to get “clearance” from the Municipal Peace and Order Council. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO

Roads to evacuation site in Surigao Sur blocked, journalists required to get ‘clearance’ from MPOC

DIATAGON, Lianga, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/20 July) – Soldiers of the 75th Infantry Battalion have blocked all four entry points from the national highway to the covered court of this barangay where some 1,800 upland residents sought refuge after fleeing their homes on Monday, July 16. On Thursday, the soldiers placed themselves at the street […]

Clashes force 11,600 residents of remote Maguindanao town to leave homes

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – As most relief efforts are focused on Marawi, 11,600 people have also been displaced from their homes for months in a remote municipality of Maguindanao due to armed clashes. Tomoko Matsuzawa, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) office based in Cotabato City, said the evacuees […]

200 families flee NorthCot town due to air strike, ground ops vs BIFF

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) — At least 200 families from two villages in Carmen, North Cotabato evacuated to safer areas in nearby Aleosan town, after the Army launched intense air-to-ground military offensives against ISIS-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) since Wednesday, Capt. Napoleon Alcarioto, head of the Civil Military Operations (CMO) of the Army’s […]

DSWD vows 24/7 presence in Marawi to win “hearts and minds of evacuees”

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 25 October) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will establish a 24/7 presence here to work on “the other Ground Zero — the hearts and minds of the evacuees,” Acting Social Welfare Secretary Emmanuel Leyco said. While other government agencies are building transitional shelters, the DSWD will “rebuild […]

‘Bakwit’ Play

Young girls have fun trying to climb a pole on Monday (18 September 2017) at the evacuation center in Barangay Sta. Elena, Iligan City where they are staying along with hundreds of other evacuees from Marawi City. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

Laundry Day

Evacuees from Marawi City hang their laundry at the evacuation center in Buruun, Iligan City on Saturday, 12 August 2017. Clashes between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group in Marawi entered its 82nd day on Saturday. MindaNews…

GenSan extends aid to evacuees from Marawi City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — The city government has assisted some 3,813 displaced persons from conflict-torn Marawi City who have temporarily settled in parts of the city in the last two months. Marifer Hofer, coordinator for internally displaced persons of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), said the evacuees are currently staying […]

‘Our human rights are violated’

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/27 July) — A Maranao woman leader on Thursday maintained that human rights violations have been committed in the course of the military actions to recover Marawi City from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group. “Displacement is a human rights violation,” Samira Gutoc, a former assemblywoman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said […]

No to Martial Law

Evacuees from Marawi City and their supporters from the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission call for the lifting of martial in Mindanao on Thursday (July 27, 2017) in Iligan City. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

Child’s play

Child evacuees from Marawi City play a game called Chinese garter at the evacuation center in Moneerah Integrated School in Iligan City on Sunday, 9 July 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

Dialogue urged re giving of ‘Maranao Bible’ to Marawi evacuees

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) — Bibles set in Maranao language were distributed as part of relief goods for Marawi evacuees on Thursday, raising eyebrows among several peace advocates and Muslim leaders. The same leaders are urging a dialogue to arrest any complication that may arise from the act. The Bibles came with every […]

Children of War

It’s been over a month since fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group erupted in Marawi City. The conflict forced civilians to flee to areas outside of Lanao del Sur. Many of them sought refuge in evacuation centers while others opted to stay in the homes of relatives. In evacuation centers, the […]

Portalets for evacuees

Workers clean portable toilets provided by the Department of Health for Marawi City evacuees staying inside the National School of Fisheries in Buruun, Iligan City on 26 June 2017. To maintain cleanliness, a private contractor cleans the portalets in f…

Happy Meal

Child evacuees enjoy a Happy Meal from McDonald’s at the Buruun Gym evacuation center in Iligan City on Eid’l Fitr (Sunday, 25 June 2017), which marks the end of Ramadhan. MindaNews photo by AUBREY ROCIN LLAMAS

Marawi site visit

A team from the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo joined Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra (wearing vest) on June 16, 2017 during a visit to a site where temporary shelter shall be constructed for internally displaced persons in Marawi City. The city government invited the OVP’s team at the site to see what the office […]