Additional burden for Marawi IDPs

INTERNALLY displaced people (IDPs) in Marawi City are feeling the pinch as their supplies are quickly dwindling and the prices of goods continue to skyrocket.

Volunteer groups operating in various evacuation centers around Marawi City said that despite assistance from national government agencies and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), supplies and goods are starting to get expensive.

Fatima-Inderah D. Disomimba, one of the officials of non-profit organization Quota International, said that roughly 1,000 individuals in the Tamparan evacuation center in Lanao del Sur are finding it hard to restock necessary goods.

Suppliers had to travel three to four hours to get their supply in Cotabato City. Naturally, they had to mark up the price in order to make a profit.

In the three months of the conflict,  Disomimba added, the government has made only one or two relief trips to the evacuation site.

Bai Ashrafia Aymee A. Biruar, who also volunteers as part of another NGO, said the evacuation centers inside and around Marawi City badly need psycho-social interventions as the stress of the conflict and dire conditions in the evacuation camps are affecting the IDPs and the volunteers themselves.

Biruar, meanwhile, said the ARMM government, particularly its trade and industry agencies, are closely monitoring prices of commodities in the area.

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