Philippines

Time to remember 64,000 people unable to return home in Zamboanga

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Thousands of families that fled fighting in Zamboanga City in September 2013 are still living in makeshift shelters and tents in overcrowded spaces © OCHA/Russell Geekie

The checkpoint is a ten-minute drive west from the bustling centre of Zamboanga, a city of 807,000 people in the southern Philippines. Beyond it lies a ghost town comprising Rio Hondo and neighboring barangays, political units that are roughly equivalent to a neighborhood in Philippine cities.

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