COTABATO City – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues its support to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Marawi spending $4,396,000 worth of assistance from May 23 to September 30, 2017 to more than 100,000 victims of conflict.
Of these figure, the ICRC said the biggest chunk went to Assistance component amounting to $2,837,000. It has also spent $349,000 on Health Care, $396,000 on Water and Sanitation, $547,000 on Protection while $267,000 was allotted in its cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
The Protection program of ICRC had to maintain a dialogue with parties to the conflict and monitored respect of humanitarian norms related to the conduct of hostilities, and protection of civilians, health facilities and staff, wounded and arrested people.
According to the ICRC data, they have evacuated more than 860 civilians from Marawi to safer places while around 150 people were reunited with a missing family members with the help of PRC.
They visited 47 people in jail who were arrested in Marawi to ensure proper treatment and living conditions. There were also 460 body bags and other materials provided to authorized retrieval groups and 125 of their personnel trained on proper handling of human remains.
In cooperation with Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the ICRC supported the PRC response team in Iligan and Lanao del Norte on first aid, basic health care units, blood provision, water and sanitation, psychosocial support, reuniting families, and mobilizing volunteers.
On its Assistance component program, ICRC has assisted 34,960 displaced people who received half-month food rations in Marawi City and in 5 municipalities of Lanao del Sur while 63,205 displaced people received essential household and hygiene items in Marawi City and in 8 municipalities of Lanao del Sur.
There are 9 health facilities provided with medical supplies to treat more than 500 wounded and sick people; 15 rural health units received 20 emergency health kits (each for the treatment of 10,000 sick people for 3 months); and 140 health workers from 14 health facilities in the east of Lake Lanao trained on diarrhea prevention for the Health Care component.
On Water and Sanitation program, ICRC said that there are “15,000 displaced people and residents who gained enhanced access to water supply through deployment of mobile water-treatment units and by powering 2 pumping stations.”
It added that 5,500 displaced people enjoyed potable water and improved hygiene through construction of water and sanitation facilities and delivery of water with help of PRC.
The ICRC helps people not only in Marawi City but around the world that greatly affected by armed conflict and other violence to protect their dignity and relieve their suffering often with its Red Cross and Red Crescent partners.