MARAWI CITY, Philippines – “Many women and girls here were suffering from violence. And the armed conflict made the situation of gender-based violence even worse,” said Umme Limbona, a 26-year-old social worker from the battle-scarred city of Marawi, Philippines.
“There are a lot of unreported abuses, especially after the Marawi conflict,” she told UNFPA.
17 months ago, a local non-state armed group inspired by ISIS seized Marawi city.
“I was on duty at Amai Pakpak Medical Center when the conflict erupted,” Ms. Limbona recollected.
MANILA, Philippines, 26 January 2017— Mayon Volcano, located in Albay province, 300 km southeast of Manila, is showing high levels of unrest, with lava fountains and frequent ash explosions as high as 600 metres. Local authorities are warning of an imminent hazardous eruption within the next few days.
Provincial and municipal authorities are leading the disaster response with the support of the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development field office and the Philippine Red Cross.
This report presents primary data collected during the month of October 2017 and is further enriched by available secondary data on the humanitarian situation in affected areas of Mindanao in southern Philippines following the conflict in Marawi City.
Iligan, Philippines – With weary but firm arms, Tarhata Mostare cradles her newborn child at the sprawling Buru-un School of Fisheries evacuation centre in Iligan city, which is hosting women, men and children displaced by the fighting between government forces and members affiliated with the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups in neighbouring Marawi city on the long-troubled island of Mindanao.