Reference : V-P-PH-E-00970
Date : 05/2018
Country/Region : PHILIPPINES
Caption : Lanao del Sur, Saguiaran evacuation center. Portrait of a displaced woman with her daughter who fled the conflict.
Photographer : HASHEMPOUR, Ramin
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “I used to be a trader, but all that changed when the fighting erupted. I have no work now, like most of the evacuees in Saguiaran. We have transferred to three different evacuation sites in the past year. It’s been very difficult being displaced for a long period of time. I had a chance to go back to Marawi to check what was left of our home. To my dismay, everything was destroyed, and our family has to start again from scratch.” explains this woman.
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 : 5988x3992
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour