The Philippines Needs Us

Posted on October 16, 2013

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On September 09, 2013, Zamboanga City, Philippines was attacked by rebels said to be members of a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front. The rebels allegedly took more than 100 people hostage and used them as human shields. The gunfight lasted for about three weeks. Houses were burned, neighborhoods were destroyed, and lives were lost. Many people lost their sources of income during this time. Hundreds of thousands of Zamboanguenos were affected by this crisis. Currently, there are still about 100,000 people displaced by what is now known as the Zamboanga Crisis.

On top of that, as soon as Zamboanguenos seemed to be out of the thick of the crisis, a huge storm went through the city which caused rains for four days that led to heavy flooding in certain parts of the city. More people lost their lives and their homes.

While the focus in Zamboanga City has slowly shifted to rebuilding the city and the lives of Zamboanguenos, a strong earthquake hit the Visayan region of the Philippines, primarily affecting Bohol, Cebu, and other nearby areas. The earthquake measured at 7.2, and it damaged houses, business establishments, roads, historical churches, and tourist attractions. Moreover, the number of lives lost is currently tallied at 97.

These all happened in just a little bit more than a month. The Philippines needs our help.

Zamboanga City Relief/Humanitarian Operations

Relief Operations for Earthquake Victims – Rappler has a list of organizations participating in relief operations for earthquake victims of Bohol, Cebu, and other affected areas.

Please share in the comments section below any other reputable organizations you know of that are participating in relief operations in Zamboanga City or in any of the areas affected by the recent earthquake.

Posted in: Conflict, Emergency