A well-intentioned strategy to mitigate displacement from future typhoons and climate change in the Philippines might threaten to prolong displacement.
In September 2013, fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a Muslim rebel group in the port city of Zamboanga on Mindanao forced 120,000 people – primarily minority Muslims – to flee. More than a year later, tens of thousands remain displaced, living in deplorable conditions.
In September 2013, fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a Muslim rebel group forced 120,000 people to flee. More than a year later, tens of thousands remain displaced.
In September 2013, in the city of Zamboanga on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, fighting broke out between the Moro National Liberation Front, a Muslim separatist group, and the Philippine Army. One hundred and twenty thousand people were displaced. The confrontation was the latest in a 40-year struggle by minority Muslim groups – comprised…
Humanitarian needs after Typhoon Haiyan remain enormous.
The response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is the largest since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods.
Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall. But as global climate change continues, such super-stroms could become much more common. That’s why, in addition to providing emergency relief, Philippine officials are trying to move populations away from the sea and clearing out so-called “no build zones.” Relocation may be…