6 months ICRC provides aid to 2,000 people displaced in Basilan Manilatimes
NEARLY 2,000 people in Basilan have been living in temporary shelters for over a month since armed clashes broke out between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sumisip town, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “We are deeply concerned about the effect of prolonged displacement on these families. Unable to take care of their farms, they struggle to provide for their loved ones,” Piotr Dregiel, ICRC office head in Zamboanga, said. The Sumisip Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) said around 200 families who fled their homes last April have been staying in Barangay Mangal, and almost 190 families displaced in Barangay Tumahubong by intermittent clashes since June ... more