Friday, May 21, 2010

War refugees return home after 2 years in poor Mindanao shelters

Some 360 families return to their homes in the village of Pagatin in Datu Salibo town from the refugee evacuation sites in Makir village in Datu Odin Sinsuat and Datu Piang towns in Maguindanao province after authorities assured their safety. The refugees, who escaped the fighting between security and rebel forces, return after two years from miserable conditions in temporary shelters. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Mark Navales)

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 21, 2010) – Hundreds of Muslim war refugees have returned to their homes in the restive province of Maguindanao in the southern Philippines after spending two years in miserable life in government shelters in Mindanao, officials said Friday.

Police and military authorities assured the safety of some 360 families. Those who returned homes were also given food packs. Many of them returned to the village of Pagatin in the town of Datu Salibo.

Most of the villagers came from evacuation sites in Datu Odin Sinsuat and Datu Piang towns, all in Maguindanao province, scene of bloody clashes between government forces and Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels.

Security officials said the situation had returned to normal allowing the safe return of the refugees to their homes. (Mark Navales)

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