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Typhoon Haiyan recovery: Rebuilding identities in Central Philippines9 Sep 2014
In the village of Mas-in, nestled among sugarcane and pineapple plantations, one woman can only think of building what she has been longing for since birth – her identity.
For this displaced family, a tent is a fresh start8 Feb 2014
TANAUAN, Philippines – After Typhoon Haiyan cut a path of destruction across Central Philippines, Gil Lopez was among the hordes of survivors waiting in line for the first flight out of the devastated region. Three months later, he is happy to be back. A long bus ride brought Gil, 49, […]
Typhoon Haiyan: Indigenous people to break cycle of displacement4 Feb 2014
ISABEL, Philippines – At 85, Jahina Lugasan does not know where home is. Her life has been marked by a series of displacement driven by conflict and natural disasters. And unless something is done, her grandchildren could inherit this unfortunate legacy. Jahina and her husband are from the indigenous Badjao […]
Typhoon Haiyan: Seeking Salvacion with a little help from family and friends21 Jan 2014
SALVACION, Philippines – For most Filipinos, families are the fabric of life. On the day Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Visayas region of Eastern Philippines, Elma Marcha felt her world unravel as she was forced to choose between saving her parents and her daughter. In the early morning of November […]
Typhoon Haiyan: Helping survivors to jump ship and land on their feet24 Dec 2013
TACLOBAN, Philippines – For 31 days, a rusting dredging ship tossed by Typhoon Haiyan 100 meters inland into a coastal shanty town was home for seven-month-pregnant Rosita Pica and her family. Along with 38 other families, they shared cramped spaces inside the vessel that was also home to many dead […]
Typhoon Haiyan: “New-born” officer back on the job20 Dec 2013
TACLOBAN, Philippines – An officer who says a seven-year-old boy saved him from Typhoon Haiyan is back directing services for military humanitarian airlift flights for survivors. Lt. Col. Fermin Carangan says he missed the first two weeks of intense activity after the storm made landfall on November 8, demolished his […]
Typhoon Haiyan casts fishing community adrift2 Dec 2013
TACLOBAN, Philippines – It’s hard to move on when you’re surrounded by death. Every day the Saballa brothers sit and stare at the ruins of what was once their proud neighborhood by the sea. They watch people pick at what’s left – wooden beams and iron sheets from collapsed homes, […]
UNHCR plays role in Typhoon Bopha affected areas11 Jun 2013
UNHCR had provided protection kits that include plastic sheets which provided the homeless families with temporary, but safe, dwelling as they slowly rebuild their houses.
Statelessness: A new lease on life thanks to a birth certificate3 Nov 2011
Marina Verma is 38 years old, but feels like her life has just begun.
One family torn apart: On a beautiful tropical isle, strife is a way of life15 Aug 2011
BARANGAY DADO, Philippines, August 15 (UNHCR) – For his entire 18 years, practically all Kamama Dimasalang has known is war or the threat of fighting. It has cost him any real education – and the comforting presence of his beloved Auntie Tatang. “There’s only one thing all villagers knew growing […]