Humanitarian workers are regularly confronted by difficult choices. What humanitarian worker worth his or her salt has not been confronted by the possibility of either doing harm or doing nothing; or was stuck in a situation where good intentions are not enough in the face of bad or worse options?...
Oxfam’s work in the country, particularly in Mindanao is focused on empowering women and girls. In partnership with local and national organizations, we support women’s economic empowerment and innovate ways to end violence against women and girls. We also seek to improve access to information and...
Meet Alma Rosete, an inspiring woman from one of the communities in BIliran province, which was hit by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) in December 2017. In photo, she shows her PayMaya prepaid card , where the cash assistance is disbursed during the Urduja response. Photo: Genevive Estacaan / Oxfam
Hassan purchases using the iAFFORD PayMaya prepaid card
A year after armed conflict broke out in Marawi City, the pursuit of recovery remains a long-term endeavor. Around 230,000 people, who are mostly small traders and vendors, remain displaced and are still struggling to recover their lost properties and livelihoods.
In a covered court in the middle of a rice field in Tacloban City, Philippines, cooperative banker-development worker Ramil Boniel is helping Oxfam award insurance plans to families, many of whom were displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The insurance plans are incentives for members who...
An evacuation center in Lanao del Norte
For 10 years, Sowaib and his wife ran an eatery in the transport terminal in barangay Lilod Madaya in Marawi City. When the war erupted, he was mistaken for a member of the Maute group and was shot in the arm. Now, living in an evacuation center, Sowaib finds a way to cope and carve a future for...
Ahmed walks in a tent city
Ahmed is seven. His father Zaldy said the boy is fond of lamps that each night in their house in barangay Lilod, Marawi City, Ahmed always wanted the LED lights turned off so he can have the soft glow of the lamp when he does his homework or read something before he sleeps.
Children participate in a psychosocial support session in Saguairan, Lanao del Sur
Kalilintad, kapamagogopa, katahimikan, peace. When internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City examined their notions of peace, they had many words for it, but seeing that they are in evacuation centers instead of their home city gave away the truth that peace is elusive in Mindanao.
Mrs. Bairona Langco, 44, from Marawi City
On the day of the siege on May 23, she opened her boutique that sells bags and dresses like it was an ordinary day. But in the afternoon, there was an alarm call. People were running in the streets yelling, “ISIS! ISIS!”
Nashreema, 18, with her son Jomal
Nashreema is a young mother who fled Marawi City. Before the conflict, Nashreema owned a small shop where she sold vegetables, fish and snacks, while her husband drives a tricycle around their small town inside Marawi City. When the war broke out, Nashreema fled empty-handed.


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