Philippines: ICRC assists people displaced by clashes in Maguindanao
15-08-2012 News Release 12/166
Manila (ICRC) – Nearly 2,200 people who fled areas affected by the recent hostilities in Central Mindanao today received essential household items as part of the emergency response from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ICRC, together the Philippine Red Cross, distributed cooking, hygiene and shelter items to four evacuation centres in Ampatuan municipality, which has been affected by the fighting that began last week.
"During our assessment on the ground over the last few days, it became clear that although these people were in evacuation centres, they still had trouble protecting themselves from rainy weather," said Christoph Polajner, head of the ICRC's office in Cotabato. "When they fled their homes, they left behind most of their possessions. They are still unable to return home, because of the lack of security."
In total, 468 families who have taken refuge in Ampatuan national high school, a local madrassa, Kauran public market and Mahat Islamic school in Malating were each given a cooking pot, bath soaps, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, tarpaulins and jerrycans. The ICRC also distributed medicine in evacuation centres to treat cases of diarrhoea.
To help people injured by the armed violence, wound-dressing materials, antibiotics and analgaesics covering the needs of about 50 patients were delivered by the ICRC to the provincial health office in Shariff Aguak. The humanitarian organization also covered the cost of medical treatment for five people wounded in the hostilities.
For further information, please contact:
Allison Lopez, ICRC Manila, tel: +63 908 868 68 84