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Death continues to hound Zamboanga siege refugees

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Nearly five months after surviving the battle for Zamboanga between Moro rebels and government forces last September, death continues to stalk residents who lost their homes in the three weeks of fighting and are now housed in a refugee camp.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Muslim refugees in Zamboanga observe Christmas with hope

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Residents living along the coast near the area of a stand-off between the Philippine military and Muslim gunmen take shelter at a sports complex used as a temporary evacuation center in Zamboanga on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on September 11, 2013. Muslim militants were using 180 residents as "human shields" on September 10, Philippine officials said, as they traded gunfire with troops amid burning houses during a standoff after a deadly attack on a southern city.   AFP/ TED ALJIBE

Despite the trauma, hardship and uncertainties, most of those who stay in the congested evacuation center at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex here still look forward to a joyous Christmas.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pasay eyes tent city for storm evacuees

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Families airlifted from the calamity areas hit by 'Yolanda' have been arriving in batches at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

As survivors fleeing the typhoon-battered Visayas region continued to arrive at Metro Manila airports, the Pasay City government is planning to provide them with temporary shelters until they are fetched by relatives or find more permanent lodgings.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Refugees arrive in Cebu to flee misery in typhoon-hit Tacloban City

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When two Philippine Air Force C-130s arrived at the typhoon-wrecked Daniel Romualdez airport in Tacloban City just after dawn yesterday, more than 3,000 people who had camped out hoping to escape the devastation surged onto the tarmac past a broken iron fence. Only a few hundred made it aboard; the rest were left in a [...]

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Zambo City refugees still not cleared to return home

The refugees from Zamboanga City will start their trek back home once their mayor, Beng Climaco, confirms that it’s safe for them to do so. “Aron sad dili sayang og kwarta dapat i-sure sa nga okay na didto kay basin og dili pa okay mobalik sila dire ma doble ang gasto (So that we won’t [...]

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

300 villagers flee military operations in ComVal

Close to 300 people left their homes in Sitio Side 4 in Barangay (village) Manggayon in Maco, Compostela Valley, on Friday as fighting between government troops and communist New People’s Army guerrillas intensified.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

2 more Coast Guard vessels loaded with relief goods arrive in Zamboanga City

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SEASIDE SHELTERS  Residents of Zamboanga City displaced by fighting between government forces and MNLF members loyal to Nur Misuari put up makeshift shelters on R. T. Lim Boulevard. More than 100,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.   EDWIN BACASMAS

Two more Philippine Coast Guard vessels, loaded with relief goods intended for thousands of evacuees in Zamboanga City, arrived on Saturday at the southwestern Mindanao port, the PCG spokesperson said.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

EU member states fear Syrian refugee influx

In this Aug. 28, 2012, file photo, Syrians who fled their homes due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels shout slogans as they march toward the Turkish side of the border, during a protest asking the Turkish government to let them enter to their refugee camps, at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, near the Syrian town of Azaz. Al-Qaida-linked gunmen in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, following heavy clashes with mainstream, Western-backed rebels in the area, prompting Turkey to close a nearby crossing, activists and Turkish officials said. AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File

European Union governments are bracing for a surge in Syrian refugees that threatens to become a flood as hopes fade for a quick end to the bloody civil war.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Bicycling nun’s dedication to victims of Ugandan rebels rewarded

Ugandan police trucks carrying refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) travels from Busunga border post to Bubukwanga town in Uganda on July 14, 2013.  AFP

Sister Angelique Namaika, the Congolese nun who won a prestigious UN refugee award on Tuesday, has tirelessly dedicated her life to helping abused women and has no plans to relax.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

DPWH converts Western Mindanao office into evacuation center

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has converted its Western Mindanao regional office in Zamboanga City into a temporary shelter for city residents fleeing the conflict between Moro National Liberation Front fighters and government forces.

Posted: September 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Volunteers at tents, makeshift shelters keep kids busy

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The white Philippine Air Force tent is in the middle of the city’s sports complex, ringed by rubber track and just a little off-center of the football pitch.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Over 62,000 displaced by fighting in Zambonga, rights group says

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Villagers wait for their ride to take them to an evacuation center after authorities ordered a forced evacuation of their village as a standoff between the government troopers and Muslim rebels, who have taken scores of hostages and used them as human shields, continues for the fifth straight day Friday Sept. 13, 2013 at Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The troops have surrounded the Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas with their hostages in four coastal villages since the crisis erupted Monday. AP

A total of 62,329 people have been forced out of their homes by continuing fighting between government forces and guerrillas of the Moro National Liberation Front in a number of seaside districts here, a human rights group said Saturday.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

30 dead in fire at refugee camp in Thailand—officials

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Thirty people were killed and many wounded Friday when a fire broke out in a camp in northern Thailand housing refugees from neighboring Myanmar, Thai officials said.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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