marawiIn May 2017 the centre of Marawi City was taken over by Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS).

This started a six month battle before the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) could take back the city and defeat the rebels.

During this time over 84 thousand families were displaced. 

Initial Response

Disaster Aid Australia and Balay Mindanaw, our local partner immediately responded to the crisis situation by assisting in the supply of safe water with Skyhydrants and also providing tents and tarpaulins in the displaced persons camps. 

Update in 2018

Disaster Aid Australia Directors David Langworthy and Brian Ashworth were able to visit Marawi earlier this year to see how the reconstruction efforts were proceeding.

During the visit the Directors, and Balay Mindanaw representatives, were briefed by the Commander of the Bangon Marawi Task Force who are responsible for reconstruction of the city and bringing the residents back to their home city.

marawi briefing 2

The briefing included an inspection of a site being prepared for a camp to enable citizens to relocate from the initial resettlement camps many kilometers from Marawi to a location close to the city.

Over 200 Disaster Aid tents have now been erected on the site together with a SkyHydrant to supply safe drinking water.

This camp is an important step in getting people back to living close to the their place of work.



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<p><img src="/images/stories/news/2017/marawi.jpg" alt="marawi" style="margin: 10px; float: left;" />In May 2017, a major battle commenced between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS).</p>
<p>The incident has affected residents of Marawi City.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Over 84 thousand families have been displaced by this ongoing armed conflict&nbsp;</p>
<h3>Balay Mindanaw Responds</h3>
<p>Balay Mindanaw, our local partner, has been one of the many organisationss that immediately responded to the crisis situation by activating the Balay Mindanaw Group Operations Center</p>
<p>They have organised with other local partners to provide pre-positioned resources and volunteer assistance at the Balay Mindanaw DREAM Hub.</p>
<h3>Skyhydrants Role<img src="/images/stories/news/2017/marawi-response-july-6.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="marawi response july 6" style="margin: 10px; float: right;" /></h3>
<p>Providing potable water to affected families is one of the identified needs that had to be addressed especially for those who are staying at the Evacuation Centers (ECs).</p>
<p>Balay Mindanaw has lent 3 of the Disaster Aid provided, <strong style="color: #686868; font-family: roboto, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><a href="/index.php/packs/aid-solutions" style="background: transparent; color: #2053a2;">SkyHydrant™</a></strong><span style="color: #686868; font-family: roboto, Helvetica, Tahoma, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"></span> units to help address this need, together with volunteers to manage the water distribution.</p>
<p>As of July 5, Balay Mindanaw has already provided a total of 74,685 liters of potable water to 1,496 families in 13 Evacuation Center in Balo-I, Pantar and Pantao-Ragat.</p>
<p>Additional SkyHydrants are currently on the way to the Philipines.</p>
<h3>Need for Shelter</h3>
<p>Balay Mindanaw have already distributed all the Disaster Aid tents and tarpaulins they held in stock.</p>
<p><strong>October Update</strong></p>
<p>A further 350 tents together with additional materials have now been dispatched.</p>

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