Face-to-face with Reality (life in a war zone)

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life in the evacuation center

 

For the next days, we saw the effects of the conflict. We spent most of our time visiting families in the evacuation centers, validating and assessing the security of the areas with the local government and with other organizations and doing what we think is best given the situation.

August 24 was a very long day for all of us. News of fresh encounters between the government troops and MILF rebels few kilometers away from us erupted. More trucks carrying women and children arrived in Poblacion. The experience of witnessing this painful plight of helpless and displaced families is heartbreaking - it pains us so much.

We needed to act fast. The urgency to get reliable information was essential for us to make quick and practical decisions. People were hungry and afraid. Children were confused and lost - many with blank stares. Plus, the risk of imminent danger was real.

 

cax says:
I followed the news closely becuause of my boyfriends familly living in north Mindanao - but like Azsalsa says it's no top story in Europe - you really have to search for the information. It's good for the victims of the war that they have people like you standing by!
Posted on: Sep 23, 2008
azsalsa says:
It's difficult to think of such horrors of war going on in the the Philippines. All we ever hear about is Iraq, Pakistan, etc.....
Posted on: Sep 23, 2008
yheleen says:
Hi friend, i just came from a retreat.... thanks so much too ..stay safe friend...God bless
Posted on: Sep 18, 2008
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life in the evacuation center
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