ICCO Cooperation, together with Kerk in Actie, has pledged €100.000 to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Marawi, Philippines.
Supporting agriculture and livelihood
The support of ICCO Cooperation to refugees from Marawi is two sided. On the one hand, ICCO’s pledge focuses on supporting agriculture and livelihood of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in emergency, reaching 550 farmers in 3 provinces. On the other hand, the support focuses on legal assistance to improve the rights and protection of internally displaced persons. Informing IDPs a voice through radio is part of this.
Giving IDPs a voice through radio
It is the right of every IDP to have access to accurate, relevant and consistent information during a conflict. That’s why our partner IDEALS set up a local radio program for the IDPs of Marawi. Through the program IDP’s can receive information ánd they can be heard and start a dialogue, for example with the government about their needs.
The conflict in Marawi
In May 2017 radical militant groups took over the power in Marawi, leading to people fleeing the city. The number of people fleeing increased when the Armed Forces of the Philippines intervened and firefighting started, which still take place. The situation has displaced almost 390,000 persons. Of the total affected population, more than 18,000 persons are currently staying in evacuation centers while almost 336,000 persons are staying with their relatives tracked (NDRRMC, July 5, 2017).