Reference : V-P-PH-E-00978
Date : 05/2018
Country/Region : PHILIPPINES
Caption : Lanao del Sur, Saguiaran evacuation center. Portrait of an internally displaced man who fled the conflict. He lost his son during the conflict.
Photographer : HASHEMPOUR, Ramin
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “I am a father to six children. But now I have only five children. I lost my son Jahir to the fighting. The last time I saw my son was before he left Marawi City. I learned the news about his death on Facebook. I was able to recognize my son based on the clothes he was wearing. But until today, I have not yet recovered his remains. Our family has been staying in Saguiaran evacuation center since May 2017.” explains this man.

On 23 May 2017, armed clashes broke out in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province, southern Philippines. What many residents thought were brief clashes between government troops and IS Ranao fighters turned out to be a highly destructive urban conflict that lasted five months. More than 300,000 people fled their homes and lived in displacement during this period.
While some families have started rebuilding their lives, an estimated 230,000 people remain displaced to date – including residents of the main affected area. Many were separated from their families and are still looking for their loved ones who went missing.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4663x3115
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour