Cotabato City –The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government has sent Thursday additional aid to families displaced by the ongoing crisis in Zamboanga City.
Three truckloads of non-food relief items that include hygiene packs, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, sleeping mats and buckets will be distributed to residents taking shelter at evacuation centers set up by the city government of Zamboanga. The ARMM government had earlier provided 2,000 food packs to the evacuees.
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the relief items were raised with the help of the United Nations High Commission on Refugee (UNHCR).
“The City of Zamboanga is doing an excellent job in managing the crisis response. They have called on us for additional help, and we are glad to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable,” said Arjun Jain, UNHCR’s head in Mindanao.
Hundreds of city residents were forced to flee their homes Monday to escape clashes between government troops and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“We understand that this is a very troubling time for city and we like to help in whatever we can,” ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said.
Hataman said the regional government wants to help in humanitarian efforts related to the standoff.
Although not part of the ARMM, Zamboanga city serves as an important hub and transit point to residents in the island provinces belonging to the region.(bpi)