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IOM, with funding from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) has provided 2,891 displaced families with shelter repair materials and 4,986 families with non-food relief items including cooking pots, sleeping mats and tools in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao. (more…)

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Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition (MOH) this week met with representatives from IOM, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Central Bank and relevant ministries to initiate the development of a migration health policy for Sri Lanka. (more…)

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BANGKOK, 15 January 2010 (IRIN) – The government of the Philippines has a new tool to better address the humanitarian needs of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conflict-affected Mindanao. (more…)

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By IRIN

MANILA, 24 July 2009 (IRIN) – In a bid to improve conditions for peace talks and the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mindanao, the Philippines government announced a unilateral ceasefire effective at midnight on 23 July.

The island has witnessed an upsurge in conflict between government forces and the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), who have been fighting for an independent Islamic state on the island for decades, after a peace deal collapsed last August.

According to President Gloria Arroyo’s chief aide, Eduarto Ermita, the suspension of fighting would “advance stability and peace in the conflict-affected areas”.

“The AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] shall revert to the active defence mode as provided for in the guidelines on the primacy of the peace process,” Ermita said.

Rafael Seguis, chairman of the government’s peace negotiating panel with the MILF, said the decision would stop the humanitarian situation from further deteriorating.

“Because the hostilities have affected innocent civilians and the mounting number of IDPs, the president is very concerned,” Seguis said, adding that he had recently visited camps in Maguindanao Province – scene of the heaviest fighting in recent weeks – and was appalled by the “deplorable” condition of the IDPs. (more…)

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