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Reference : V-P-PH-E-00951
Date : 10/2016
Country/Region : PHILIPPINES
Caption : Surigao del Sur. With the support of the Philippine National Red Cross, the ICRC distributes aid to returning families. This community leader spent his 82 years in the village tilling his fields. He was most relieved when he was finally able to return home to his barangay and start anew.
Photographer : DELA CRUZ, Lany
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : This community leader said: "It was very difficult to stay in the Oval (sport complex) - as a displaced person. I felt ill many times because of the extreme heat".
ICRC website photo gallery, 08.11.2016: "Our journey to reach families in Surigao del Sur. The ICRC team visited the area prior to the distribution to conduct independent assessments to understand the situation of the returned families. The result was that there is a need for food assistance as families are restoring their livelihood after long term displacement. Majority of them rely on farming and agriculture as their main source of income, but after a year of neglect, their fields would need to be re-tilled and rehabilitated.
ICRC, with the support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) - Surigao del Sur chapter, distributed aid from 13 to 20 October to the mostly indigenous families who returned to their hometowns in Tago, Marihatag, San Miguel, Lianga, and San Agustin municipalities in early September.
One of the major concerns for the distribution is access to the communities located in the highlands where roads are almost impassable and challenging for vehicles. To reach the beneficiaries, the ICRC rented heavy trucks loaded with supplies and provisions for the returned communities.
Following a long period of displacement, some families had lost their houses.
To help the returning communities start anew, each family received half-month food rations consisting of 25 kilograms of rice, 12 cans of sardines, two liters of cooking oil, a liter of soy sauce, a kilogram of sugar, half a kilogram of salt, and hygiene items. For their consumption, each family also received seeds of string beans, eggplant, squash, bokchoy (pechay), and bitter gourd (ampalaya) for them to grow in their backyards.
About 4,700 people who were displaced for one year due to armed violence in Surigao del Sur recently received substantial support from the Red Cross to rebuild their lives.”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3648x2432
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour