Photo story: Vulnerable children affected by the Zamboanga emergency
On 9 September 2013, 200 armed members of a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) engaged the members of the Philippine military. The fighting has affected 218,000 residents of 14 barangays (villages). The number of displaced persons is more than 118,000, and about 47,000 of them are estimated to be children.
In any event of natural or man-made disasters, children are among those who suffer most. Illness resulting from contaminated water, combined with the loss of livelihood, impacts their health, nutritional status and development. Prolonged displacement disrupts their education. They also suffer from profound stress that affects their psychosocial well-being. Children also face a greater risk of neglect, abuse and exploitation.
Click on the slideshow below to view photos showing the condition of displaced children who are staying in one of the largest evacuation centres in Zamboanga City: