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APD | Uncertainty haunts 1.8 million children two years after the Marawi seige

World2019-05-23

By APD Melo M. AcuñaMANILA,May.23th (APD) – About two million children still face uncertainties while residing in war-torn homes and schools while their parents are left with no stable jobs or sources of livelihood two years after the bloody siege in Marawi City in restive Mindanao.In a statement, Albert Muyot, a former Education Undersecretary and now Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said lingering armed conflict across Mindanao means children continue to risk death, injury and trauma.“We have begun an emergency response to meet the needs of children and their families because since February there has been sporadic fighting in Maguindanao, Surigao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur,” Muyot said.It was learned from February to March, the number of displaced children in these provinces rose to 77,000Save the Children Philippines joined local government leaders, communities and families in a day of commemoration of the five-month siege that resulted in the total destruction of the once bustling city of Marawi.The international NGO recently launched its global campaign “Stop the War on Children, to raise awareness on the conditions of some 420 million or one in five children living in or near conflict zones across the world including the Philippines.Mr. Muyot said prolonged conflict across Mindanao worsen the situation of hunger and malnutrition among children especially those below five years of age.Citing figures from their officers around the world, Muyot said deaths due to armed conflict of children under five years reached 870,000 between 2013 and 2017, five times higher than the 175,000 adult fighters who died during the same period.“In Mindanao, 16 children were killed in crossfire in Mindanao and another 17 children were injured due to another similar incidence,” he added.Their NGO is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the 3.6 million people who live in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) all f whom remain vulnerable to conflict.“Of this number, 48.8 percent or 1.8 million of them are children from the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-tawi,” he explained. They have been extending assistance to affected children in Marawi through livelihood and employment programs for their parents. They have also provided access to safe water and sanitation as well as distributed soap to meet hygiene requirements which include awareness campaign for dignified, safe and clean toilet facilities.He called on Filipino leaders and NGOs to improve the living conditions of communities to prevent child recruitment for economic and sexual exploitation especially with the passage of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC) or Republic Act 11188. The law guarantees humanitarian support and protection of children in situations of armed conflict.“The impact of war on children lasts beyond the end of conflict. We must be relentless in pursuing peace to improve the situation of children in Mindanao,” Mr. Muyot concluded.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD Melo M. Acuña

MANILA,May.23th (APD) – About two million children still face uncertainties while residing in war-torn homes and schools while their parents are left with no stable jobs or sources of livelihood two years after the bloody siege in Marawi City in restive Mindanao.

In a statement, Albert Muyot, a former Education Undersecretary and now Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said lingering armed conflict across Mindanao means children continue to risk death, injury and trauma.

“We have begun an emergency response to meet the needs of children and their families because since February there has been sporadic fighting in Maguindanao, Surigao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur,” Muyot said.

It was learned from February to March, the number of displaced children in these provinces rose to 77,000

Save the Children Philippines joined local government leaders, communities and families in a day of commemoration of the five-month siege that resulted in the total destruction of the once bustling city of Marawi.

The international NGO recently launched its global campaign “Stop the War on Children, to raise awareness on the conditions of some 420 million or one in five children living in or near conflict zones across the world including the Philippines.

Mr. Muyot said prolonged conflict across Mindanao worsen the situation of hunger and malnutrition among children especially those below five years of age.

Citing figures from their officers around the world, Muyot said deaths due to armed conflict of children under five years reached 870,000 between 2013 and 2017, five times higher than the 175,000 adult fighters who died during the same period.

“In Mindanao, 16 children were killed in crossfire in Mindanao and another 17 children were injured due to another similar incidence,” he added.

Their NGO is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the 3.6 million people who live in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) all f whom remain vulnerable to conflict.

“Of this number, 48.8 percent or 1.8 million of them are children from the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-tawi,” he explained. They have been extending assistance to affected children in Marawi through livelihood and employment programs for their parents. They have also provided access to safe water and sanitation as well as distributed soap to meet hygiene requirements which include awareness campaign for dignified, safe and clean toilet facilities.

He called on Filipino leaders and NGOs to improve the living conditions of communities to prevent child recruitment for economic and sexual exploitation especially with the passage of Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC) or Republic Act 11188. The law guarantees humanitarian support and protection of children in situations of armed conflict.

“The impact of war on children lasts beyond the end of conflict. We must be relentless in pursuing peace to improve the situation of children in Mindanao,” Mr. Muyot concluded.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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