Faces of Marawians, Living as IDPs
Marawi Crisis, Lack of Humanitarian Relieves for IDPs
Place: Lanao del Norte, Mindanao, the Philippines
Date: August 24 - 26, 2017
May 23rd, some radical parties including Maute group besieged Marawi that is an Islam city located at middle west of Mindanao island. After the siege, the fight between the radical parties and Filipino forces happened, which produced the large number of victims and Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs). The city is still being destroyed by the firefight and the air raid. Currently, the number of IDPs is around 400,000; 95% of them evacuated to their relatives, 5% is living in evacuation centers (ECs), where are located the northern of Marawi. Mainly, public facilities are used as ECs. Some of them are run and supported by the government and NGOs. On the other hand, some of them are not recognized officially and rarely receive humanitarian supports. Although the main support for the IDPs by the government is foods distribution, it is limited. Many Filipino families have a lot of children, and they need diapers for their babies. Above all, they need monetary supports for their daily lives because almost IDPs evacuated from their home without any properties.