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The Philippine government is appealing for more aid to help over 100,000 people in Zamboanga who were displaced by the ongoing standoff between the MNLF rebels and security forces.
ZAMBOANGA: The Philippine military has launched a new round of air strikes in Zamboanga City to try and flush out separatist rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
The fighting, which is now into its third week, has claimed more than 100 lives.
The ongoing standoff between the MNLF rebels and security forces forced more than 100,000 villagers to fled their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis. The government is now appealing for more aid to help these evacuees.
As the conflict drags on, their situation is also worsening. Evacuees are getting sick due to lack of proper sanitation and many of them are children.
The government said the magnitude and plight of the evacuees has now turned into a humanitarian crisis, and more help is needed.
Corazon Juliano Soliman, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Philippines, said: "They are not in a normal situation. We have 99,000 in tents, in classrooms, in the grandstand, in the bleachers, that's a disruption of normal lives. This is a situation where dignified living is almost impossible because you have to share 33 portalets for 71,000 individuals. You have to share to take a bath in the open because there are only four showers that are available, that's a humanitarian crisis."
The Philippine government has now allotted US$176 million to help in rehabilitation efforts but for these evacuees, it will take some time before they can recover and go back to their normal lives.