13 August 2003 |
Profile of Internal Displacement: Philippines
Hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Philippines have this year been forced to leave their homes and livelihoods, once again displaced by the fighting between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It is estimated that more than 400,000 civilians have been displaced since the military launched a major operation against a MILF camp near Pikit town in North Cotabato in February2003. Many have reportedly returned since, but some 100,000 to 150,000 remain in evacuation centers as of the end of July and an unknown number of people are still staying with relatives and friends, waiting for peace and security to return before going back.
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