Over 320,000 people who have returned to Marawi City are in need of durable solutions to allow them to rebuild their lives. Those who remain displaced in host communities, evacuation centres and transitional sites still face protection concerns, including unequal access to humanitarian assistance.
The cyclical, protracted nature of displacement in Mindanao continues to undermine the eroding coping mechanisms of affected communities.
Twelve out of 27 provinces in Mindanao have recorded repeated displacement from 2012 to 2017.
World Humanitarian Day on 19 August is a day to recognize humanitarian workers as well as advocate for the protection of those affected by conflict and national disasters.
Seeking durable solutions for Marawi displaced
Nine months after the end of the armed conflict in Marawi City, it is estimated that more than 64,000 displaced families (over 320,000 people), from Lanao del Norte and surrounding municipalities have returned to their former homes. Nonetheless, there are still over 69,000 people in host communities,evacuation centres, and transitional sites waiting to return home. Close to 90 per cent of those who continue to be displaced are staying in host communities. The Government-led response continues to verify the numbers and status of those affected by the conflict, partnering with the UN and humanitarian actors to address the profiling and beneficiary selection of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
For those who have returned, there is still a long road ahead. The response has so far yielded positive results, with 72 return barangays in Marawi City and other municipalities in Lanao del Sur Province working to address protection concerns, especially for school age-children who are at risk of dropping out of school, recruitment by extremist groups, and exposure to increasing poverty. A priority for returnees is decent employment and sustainable livelihoods, which would contribute to stabilizing incomes, enhancing security and initiate long-term socio-economic recovery.
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