Background on the Crisis
Fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and local non-state armed actors, including members of the Maute Group, that began on 23 May 2017 in Marawi city in Lanao del Sur province, forced nearly 360,000 people – primarily Maranaos – to flee. President Rodrigo Duterte immediately declared a 60-day period of martial law for the entire Mindanao island, which was extended until 31 December two months later.
The authorities at national, regional and local levels are leading efforts to address the needs of the people taking refuge across 19 provinces in Mindanao and visayas. Task Force Bangon Marawi, chaired by the Department of National Defense and with operations both in Manila and Iligan city, Lanao del Norte province, has taken the leadership of the national response since 12 August.
The international humanitarian response has been guided by official government requests and the humanitarian cluster mechanism, where designated Philippines Humanitarian country Team members coordinate sectoral response in support of line departments and local authorities. on 10 July, the Humanitarian country Team released the “Response and Resources overview – conflict in Marawi city” to highlight humanitarian needs and seek urgent resources to avert unnecessary loss of life. This update reports on the response to date and highlights continuing humanitarian needs and resource requirements.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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