Julie's blog

From shoreline to shelter

Itijah Subahan is glad to have left the sweltering heat of the makeshift dwelling where she and her family had been living for the past 11 months.  Displaced by the fighting that broke out in Zamboanga city between the separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine army one year ago, she and her husband, seven children and two grandchildren evacuated to a narrow stretch of shoreline, known as “Cawa-Cawa”.

 

Peace and Prosperity within touching distance in Southern Philippines

I was very excited to see the progress the Government of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Authorities have made towards peace. Like many of those who have visited Mindanao and the island provinces, I have been charmed by the hospitality, friendliness and resilience of the people I met. It was always with pleasure that I visited our beneficiaries across Mindanao and our IOM staff in Cotabato and Zamboanga.