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Tens of thousands still displaced in southern Philippines

Just under two months ago, the historic town of Zamboanga, in the southern Philippines, exploded in a frenzy of violence as fighters from the Moro National Liberation Front clashed with Government forces. The city was paralysed for several days and still bears heavy scars from the fighting. Scores of soldiers, militants and civilians were killed and one in six residents in this city of 775,000 fled their homes.

 

“Why us?”

The town of Tanuan (pop. 50,000) is 15 kilometres south of Tacloban, which has been the focus of the world’s media since the devastating typhoon of November 8.