Reference : V-P-PH-E-00971
Date : 05/2018
Country/Region : PHILIPPINES
Caption : Lanao del Sur, Sagonsongan transitional site. This woman fled the conflict with her family. She opened a small store to provide for her family.
Photographer : HASHEMPOUR, Ramin
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “Our family is from Lumbac Marinaut, one of the barangays severely affected by the fighting. When the armed clashes erupted, our family immediately hid inside our store. We stayed there quietly for a few days, observing the situation outside. We barely had a good night sleep due to fear that we might be abducted. Escaping was a struggle for us. When we had a chance to get out, there were no available vehicles that could bring us to safety. So we risked walking our way out of the city toward the nearby municipality of Bubong. Now, a year after, our family is staying in the Sagonsongan transitional site. We moved into the temporary site on January 21. I opened a small sari-sari store in front of our unit to earn some money for a living.” 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 : 5528x3685
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour