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Thousands still in evacuation center 11 months after Zamboanga siege

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A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on September 20, 2013. Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on September 20 as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of the major city and believed to be holding hostages.      AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Eleven months after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces tried to occupy the city, the residents displaced by the conflict still do not know if government has a clear housing plan for them.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Hundreds of Iraqis flee Islamic extremist advance

Iraqi refugees from Mosul at Khazir refugee camp outside Irbil, 217 miles (350 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida breakaway group, on Monday and Tuesday took over much of Mosul in Iraq and then swept into the city of Tikrit further south. An estimated half a million residents fled Mosul, the economically important city. (AP Photo)

Hundreds of Iraqi men, women and children crammed into vehicles fled their homes Thursday, fearing clashes, kidnapping and rape after Islamic militants seized large swathes of northern Iraq.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Death continues to hound Zamboanga siege refugees

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AFP FILE PHOTO

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 »

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