Mar 23, 2013
Muslim refugees reach out for donations at a makeshift refugee camp at a stadium in Meikhtila March 23, 2013.
(Reuters) - Hundreds of troops kept an uneasy calm in central Myanmar on Saturday after martial law was imposed to quell three days of bloody unrest between Buddhists and Muslims that is testing the country's nascent democracy.
battles between the two communities turned into orchestrated attacks on Muslim communities by organised gangs of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.
The Euro-Burma Office, a respected Brussels-based advocacy group, warned on Friday of a "Rwandan-like genocide" of Myanmar's Muslims.
Television footage from Meikhtila showed Muslims being evacuated under police protection amid jeering crowds on Friday.
About 2,000 people, mainly Muslims, remained under police protection at a sports stadium, said the officer, while several hundred Buddhists displaced by the unrest were sheltering at monasteries and police stations.
Among the property destroyed were 152 houses and 13 religious buildings...
Apr 29, 2013
any are detained in prison-like camps, unable to return to neighborhoods and businesses razed in four days of violence in Meikhtila that killed at least 43 people, most of them Muslims, displaced nearly 13,000, and touched off a wave of anti-Muslim unrest fuelled by radical Buddhist monks.
"It's for their own security," said a police officer at a camp inside a sports stadium on Meikhtila's outskirts. The camp holds more than 1,600 people guarded by police with orders not to let them leave, said the officer, who declined to give his name.
A dawn-to-dusk curfew has been in force in Meikhtila since the government declared martial law on March 22. Skeletal walls and piles of rubble are all that remain of Muslim homes and businesses that once covered several blocks at the heart of the town of 100,000 people in the center of Myanmar.
More than 8,000 Muslims are being held in seven official camps that are off-limits to journalists. Thousands more have crowded into unofficial camps in villages near Meikhtila, where police also restrict their movements and prevented them from speaking with Reuters.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, said detaining internally displaced people (IDP) is a violation of their rights.
"Locking people up in an IDP camp is not a substitute for providing basic security and ensuring communal peace," he said. "Even if the authorities' intent is good, they are clearly going about this the wrong way."
03 June 2013
Conflict prevention teams have been formed in each ward in Lashio to ensure there are no further outbreaks of violence, following rioting last week that left one dead and saw dozens of buildings torched.
U San Sint said the conflict prevention teams include religious leaders and government officials, such as firefighters and policemen.
He said 1369 people have taken refuge in Mann Su Monastery and the government is planning to open a camp for them in the township football stadium.
The government imposed martial law in Lashio at 9pm on May 29 under a section 144 order, laying down a curfew in the township from 7pm to 5am. By that stage the town had been flooded with troops.
But only areas that had already been targeted by rioters were under heavy security, with many parts of the town left unguarded, residents said.
A Lashio resident who did not want to be named said groups of people were riding around the town on motorcycles “with sticks and knives and setting fire to buildings”.
“Just a few minutes ago, a group of 200 people destroyed the Thida Aye Cinema,” the resident said at 3pm on May 29. “We are seeing groups of three or four men carrying weapons all over the place – the only areas that are safe are the mosques and places that have been torched because there are security forces there.”
But U San Sint told The Myanmar Times on May 29 that the government had the situation under control.
“There will not be any further fatalities because security is tight,” he said. “This problem is caused by short-tempered youths … and was started when a Buddhist woman was burned by a Muslim. But I don’t think this incident was a religious incitement.”...
June 7, 2013
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is now running mobile clinic services to some 5,000 people who took refuge in a stadium near Goma, in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province, following late May clashes between the Congolese Army and the M23 rebel group. This is in addition to work MSF is already doing in the Bulengo and Mugunga III camps for people displaced by fighting.
Teams were able to restart activities after a recent 24-hour pause due to security concerns. The overall security situation in the area nevertheless remains volatile, and humanitarian needs are pressing.
The Sotraki Camp
The 5,000 people at Sotraki Stadium were taken there after they’d spent several nights in schools and parishes outside Goma. Having people in one place, the thinking went, would facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid.
The people were clearly in need. “The shells were falling on houses,” says a woman named Gertrude of the fighting that drove her, her five children, and 10 nieces and nephews to flee their village. “My house was destroyed and I couldn’t take a thing with me.”
Some displaced people hastily gathered a few personal effects such as pans or clothes, but the majority had to flee too quickly to bring anything with them. Many said they were hungry, having not eaten for several days. Some were separated from their families. And most of the people had been in the same position before, having been forced out of their homes during fighting last November and before that in 2008.
MSF established a mobile clinic in the stadium as soon as the displaced persons arrived, and teams there have been treating more than 100 people per day. “One-quarter of the illnesses we are treating are cases of diarrhea, mostly children under five years old,” said Carolina Lopez, MSF emergency coordinator. “Thirty-five percent of patients are seeing us for acute respiratory infections, which affect adults and children equally. Many of these illnesses are due to night after night of sleeping under the stars. Overcrowding, uncleanliness, dust—all of this breeds these illnesses.”
MSF is also trying to prevent an outbreak of cholera. “There are already patients suffering from cholera in other camps outside Goma,” says Lopez. “We absolutely have to avoid the spread of this disease.” MSF has, in fact, been running a cholera treatment center for several months now at the Buhimba refugee camp.
False Flag in Leesburg va?
Kristen Umstattd, Mayor,
This just in as of 7:10 pm Saturday night on the ordinance found in the 500 block of Rockbridge Drive, SE.:
Please stay out of this area. The perimeter has been extended to 400 yards. The revised and current evaluation of the ordinance is that they are anti-tank missiles, possibly from Desert Storm. They are armed. The military is on the scene along with the Fire Department the Leesburg Police and the bomb squad. Police are going door-to-door to evacuate the area. The ordinance will have to be transported by the military to a safe location.
This was the first ALERT***
The following alert just came into Town Council email boxes:
This afternoon, one of our Rockbridge Drive, SE, homeowners discovered old artillery rounds in an old storage shed in backyard. Police are assisting fire control in 500 block of Rockbridge Drive. The Fire Marshall is incident commander and police are assisting with the perimeter. The Fire Marshall has declared a 500 foot perimeter while they inspect. Shells appeared to be drilled and drained of powder.
The community room at Leesburg Police HQ, 65 Plaza Street, NE, has been opened for any resident who need a place to stay. A Reverse 911 message has been sent to the neighborhood.
Nothing further at this time calls for service remaining light and situation is calm.
Once on shore the prisoners were assembled in the area adjacent to a tennis court. During the period of assembling, the men were permitted to fill their canteens at a water tap outside the tennis court, but to do this they had to stand in line four to six hours. Fifty percent of the prisoners received their first water since the night of the 13th, the rest didn't get any because the Japanese, as a result of the confusion, chased them back into their assembly area. About 30 minutes later WADA came around and had the prisoners marched to the tennis court so that a count of men could be made against the rosters. Placing such a large group of men in the area of a tennis court was almost impossible. The court was surrounded by a chicken wire fence. A small area had been set aside for the sick and wounded. There was not enough space for a person to stretch out and lie down. Rosters were called off several times. All personnel were told to give any information available to them on persons not present so as to be able to determine how many men were dead or missing and how many present.
In the gathering at the tennis court it was learned that the conditions in the aft hold had been worse than the conditions in the forward hold. Many of the deaths in this hold were caused by suffocation. At roll call there were less than 1300 prisoners still alive out of the 1619 that had left Manila. At 1430 hours American planes came back and bombed the Oryoku Maru, all the prisoners by this time having been evacuated. No food was issued on the 15th or the 16th, and the water situation was still very bad. On the evening of the 17th, one sack of uncooked rice was issued for 130 men. This amounted to about two tablespoons full for each man. The same amount of rice was issued on the 18th and 19th. On the 20th the ration increased to four tablespoons full, all of this was eaten raw, although facilities for cooking were stored close by and within sight.
While the prisoners were kept at the tennis court, there was no provision made for protection against the sun. On the third day the men were allowed to leave the court and go into the shade for a few hours. Most of the men had on only a pair of shorts, some, more fortunate, had shirts and some trousers; there were no shoes or hats. At night it was very cold and since there were no blankets the prisoners were forced to lie on the hard concrete and suffer from the cold. While waiting at the tennis court, six or seven men died from wounds and exhaustion and were buried nearby...
Started out today seeing Blackhawks circling Boone, then got to the community park and these were waiting for me.
Drove out to the park to walk around and saw this in the parking lot.
Some trucks meant for hauling flatbeds (shown later).
There were several Humvees as well.
As you can see, there are quite a few vehicles. I'm just curious as to why they would be here. I've never seen any Army vehicles in Boone; not once.
Another angle of the many trucks parked next to our community park.
The flatbeds which I previously mentioned.
window sticker; i.imgur.com...
Has anyone else noticed an alarming increase in military helo activity? I live in an area in the Appalachian Mountains where there are no military bases or anything within hundreds of miles. Lately, it's been 2-3 black hawks flying around my town per week, which is completely unique to this area.
TL;DR: Anyone else in the US noticing increased military helo activity recently?
Aug. 1, 2013
Separately, 200 more nationals of Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan have reportedly been kept on the territory of a fitness complex in eastern Moscow’s Izamailovo district.
The Golyanovo district tent camp is on an industrial site within the vicinity of where detainees were being held, according to police reports Thursday. As of late Thursday afternoon, Russian courts had not yet issued rulings on the deportations, and the tents were still empty, including without beds.
Officials told Russian media that the Golyanovo camp could house some 900 people, with about 40 in each tent.
“The camp will house those migrants who are to be identified before their subsequent deportation,” Moscow police senior official Vyacheslav Kozlov told reporters on Thursday.
He said that more migrants from other raids this week might be moved there from special detention centers if there is a court decision sanctioning their deportation. He added that they were planning to organize hot meals for the migrants.
27 July 2013
...In their suit papers, the refugees claim the decision by the government to close the registration centres in major towns was arrived at without giving stakeholders and affected parties opportunity to make representation either in person or through other organs.
They said the government's order for the rounding up of the refugees and holding them at Thika municipal stadium pending transfer to Daadab and Kakuma camps was an infringement on their dignity as protected by Article 28 of the constitution.
The refugees claim the move violates the principle expressed in Article 33 of the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees and section 18 of the Refugees Act 2006. On its part, the state said it came up with the directive because of rise in insecurity which has seen rise in bombings in the country. It also said the directive is meant for the greater welfare of the refugees.
Justice Majanja said the state has not provided any evidence to show that the overall welfare of refugees will be promoted by the implementation of the directive.
He said the documents submitted to court as part of evidence clearly show that the rationale for the policy of relocation and encampment is more of a of national security issue than the promotion of the welfare of all the refugees.
Aug. 22, 2013
City council members in Columbia, S.C., recently voted unanimously to criminalize homelessness.
Concerned that Columbia has become a “magnet for homeless people,” and that businesses and the area’s safety are suffering as a result, council members agreed on Aug. 14 to give people on the streets the option to either relocate, or get arrested, according to the city’s “Emergency Homeless Response” report.
Cooperative homeless people will be given the option to go to a remote 240-person bed emergency shelter, which will be open from September to March. The shelter will also be used as a drop-off for people recently released from prison and jail, too.
A hotline will be set up for passersby to “report” a homeless person that needs to be removed, additional police will be dispensed to monitor the streets and vans will escort the homeless to the shelter.
While some advocates have decried the decision, council members say it’s a “temporary” solution that will eventually lead to a more sound resolution.
"This is stopgap," Councilman Cameron Runyan told WISTV. "This is going to open up a window of opportunity for us to come together as a community to develop a long-term response to this problem. This problem has plagued us for a generation and a half at least."
But even this “temporary fix” presents some unaddressed issues.
For one, there are an estimated 1,621 homeless people living in Columbia and the surrounding area, 25 percent of whom are members of families with children, a figure that could overwhelm the designated shelter.
Advocates are also concerned about the fact that these homeless people will, in essence, be “locked up” upon arrival.
According to ThinkProgress, clients at the shelter will not be allowed to leave the premises without permission and a police officer will stand guard at the road leading to the building.
“[This is the] most comprehensive anti-homeless measure that [I have] ever seen proposed in any city in the last 30 years,” Michael Stoops, Director of Community Organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless, told ThinkProgress. “Using one massive shelter on the outskirts to house all a city’s homeless is something that has never worked anywhere in the country.”
But a number of other cities have taken such punitive measures as of late.
Just last month, Tampa Bay, Fla., passed an ordinance, which will allow police to arrest people sleeping on the streets and put them behind bars.
...Under a Florida law, franchises that have received public benefits from the state are required to open their stadium doors for the homeless on non-event nights. It should shock absolutely no one to learn that not a single franchise has ever done so over the last 20 years.
Florida state Senator Mike Bennett has decried the failure to comply with the law as "yet another example of how taxpayers are supplementing the super rich owners of sports franchises while the taxpayers of Florida are receiving very little in return." Not only are they "super rich" as far you know, Mr. Senator, they are most likely far more wealthy than they have led you to believe.
Sen. Bennett's bill would require the teams and counties that have received benefits to either begin compliance, or refund the money. While the homeless in Florida shouldn't hold their breath waiting for their free shelter, on nights like tonight, they should at least consider themselves lucky for being homeless in Florida and not, say, New York.
Just days after Chile's bloody 1973 military coup, popular songwriter and theater director Victor Jara was dragged down to the basement of an indoor stadium that had been converted into a detention and torture center...
...Four decades later, eight former army officers have been charged with Jara's murder. And the infamous Chile Stadium, now renamed Victor Jara Stadium, has become Chile's largest homeless shelter, housing about 500 people a night during the biting Chilean winter.
"For me, it's a miracle to be here where they are now giving shelter and food to everyone and where they killed Victor Jara," said Ana Luisa Villaroel, 78, who lived through the dictatorship.
The shelter is also used as venue for table tennis, indoor soccer and basketball and until a few years ago it was also used for concerts...
September 5, 2013
Amid the explosions, smoke, roaring vehicles and chattering gunfire of a terrorist attack Thursday afternoon at Port Everglades, one fact became chillingly clear:
These weren't foreign-born America-hating terrorists. These were native-born America-hating terrorists. And they were making things difficult for the good guys.
"They're moving, they're taking positions, they have superior firepower," said Sheriff's Deputy Richard Saito. "They're clearly very well-trained, very well-motivated."
Of course it wasn't a real terrorist attack, but rather a large-scale SWAT training exercise mounted by the Broward Sheriff's Office involving boats, bus, bombs and booby-trapped hostages.
"This is really a worst case scenario," said Saito, the SWAT team member who concocted the training storyline.
In Saito's plot, seven "sovereign citizens," or militia-styled revolutionaries who advocate the government's overthrow, assault the port by boat. Their goal: steal a shipment of arms and ammunition transiting through the facility.
Initially thwarted by deputies, the terrorists seize hostages, wound a deputy, and leave a backpack full of explosives by Terminal 22. Then things get serious.
The terrorists strap bombs to the hostages, take over a bus, and engage in a full-blown gunfight with SWAT team members. The bad guys use paintball guns. The helmeted, body-armor-clad SWAT team responds with simulated ammo.
"It's all about being prepared," said SWAT chief Capt. Eddie Grant. "South Florida is a hot area, we have a stadium, two major ports. We have a lot of high-profile targets."
Among agencies participating were the Fort Lauderdale Police SWAT team and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Coast Guard patrolled the waterway and FBI agents portrayed the terrorists.
The SWAT teams unleashed a full panoply of military-style armament. There were two Bears — massive armored vehicles with turrets for automatic weapons fire — a beefed up front-end loader that lifted an overturned car like a toy and Hummers packed with serious firepower. Machine guns stuttered, and paintball rounds spattered the armored cars.
"It gets your blood going," Grant said.
"They enjoy being out here," Saito said. "They look forward to the challenge."
Team members navigated hallways and rooftops and charged a bus to free hostages.
interesting to note how the stadium is being used as a barracks and
training ground as well as a forward position for patrols and raids. - CR
Soldiers, not soccer, in Somalia's national stadium
September 3, 2013
The following paragraphs detail a previous disaster drill, held in Denver, in which the procedures should raise the hair on the back of the neck of all parents
Operation Mountain Guardian
Nearly two years ago, on September 23, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA conducted a disaster drill in Denver, Colorado that they called Operation Mountain Guardian. The plan was all-inclusive and basically shut down the Denver metropolitan area including Denver international Airport, many malls, many schools and several other public venues including Sports Authority Field where the Denver Broncos play professional football.
As a part of the drill, several busloads of school children were taken to Sports Authority Field along with their teachers. Surrogate parents were hired by FEMA to attempt to pick up their children at the stadium. The training was apparently a desensitization exercise for security personnel designed to refuse demands to pick up their children from these “pretend” parents. The real parents of these children were not properly notified that their children would be transported to the stadium and would be a part of this disaster drill. As a parent, I would have a major problem with the non-notification of the relocation of children.I find this ironic, because before a school child is allowed to go on a field trip, their parents and teachers are required to fill out a multiple list of permission forms that must be signed by parent or guardian of the child.
I have no quarrel with moving children in an emergency situation to a location of safety. However, I have a major issue when government officials refused to release children to their parents because the authority over a child belongs to the parent, not to a government agency.
In the latter part of the event, as parents discovered that some of their children were likely transported to the stadium, some parents attempted to go to the venue and secure their children. When they did so, at least initially, the children were not released to the parents. Again, who is the sovereign, the government or the people?
In the document, it asks teachers, administrators and other support personnel within a school setting if they possess skills which seem to be out of place for disaster scenario responding in a school setting. For example, the document asks school personnel if they have experience in construction, shelter management, emergency management, structural engineering, firefighting, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, journalists, HAM radio operation and a recreational leader.
Why would schools have the need for people that can do construction as well as plumbing, electrical work, climbing and shelter management? What in the world are schools under stress going to be building? At this point, I would invite you to go to the bottom of the page and scan this FEMA inspired document to familiarize yourself with all of the skills that are being assessed by the various departments of education around the country.
I have asked a number of people to look at this document and explain to me their interpretation of the skill set solicitations. Descriptor terms such as conscription, commandeering and drafting have come out of the mouths of people that I know. People that know nothing of the New World Order and know nothing of Operation Mountain Guardian were concerned when I showed them the document. If one considers this questionnaire within the context of Obama’s Executive Order 13603 in which the President can seize control over all resources including people; I would like to think that these two variables are not connected. However, in these perilous times, it is difficult to not be suspicious.
These events beg the question, are we to understand that school children and school personnel are going to be forced to construct their own residential facilities in some unknown and undisclosed location from which a bus will transport them to? I don’t have a definitive answer, but I know a number of you who are reading these words are thinking what I have thought. Am I going to be constructing our own detention facilities? Will parents be separated from their children?
Originally posted by maybehelpful
Originally posted by 1825114
from the thread "Former Arapahoe County Sheriff arrested for exchanging meth for sex "
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
Former Arapahoe County sheriff Patrick Sullivan is facing felony charges for allegedly using and distributing methamphetamine in exchange for sex, according to current Sheriff Grayson Robinson.
The one-time national Sheriff of the Year made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.
He's being held in the jail that bears his name, the "Patrick J. Sullivan, Jr. Detention Facility."
The place he's being held is at 39.581543,-104.832562 maps.google.com...
It's connected to a sports complex, the Denver Broncos Headquarters, literally sharing the parking lot and football fields- it all looks like it's part of the same complex, with more fenced fields across the street, the arapahoe community park.
There's an airport right there too. Courthouse, sheriffs, coroner, all right there.
It might be time for me to go to bed
Originally posted by 1825114
Waves of Marine helicopters to take to Yuma skies
October 17, 2012
Waves of Marine helicopters will be swooping down from the skies into two Yuma locations Friday afternoon and into the evening.
They'll be part of a real-world training exercise to simulate the emergency rescue and evacuation of civilians in the event of a natural disaster or other crisis.
The aircraft, along with a column of military vehicles and ground support Marines, will be conducting a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) exercise, which is held twice a year during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course.
A separate group of aircraft will also be flying to Twentynine Palms, Calif., to participate in a similar evacuation exercise there.
A highlight of WTI, the NEO exercise is held within the city limits to make the training as realistic as possible — training the Marines may need to execute in a future mission.
From a historical perspective, 16 NEOs have taken place throughout the world since the Korean War, including such places as Vietnam, Somalia and Lebanon.
The exercise will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. There will be two landing zones within the city of Yuma where non-combatants will be waiting to be extricated.
The civilians, portrayed by active-duty Marines wearing reflective vests, will be taken via airlift to an auxiliary landing field in the desert to the southwest of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
The two landing zones will be Kiwanis Park, 8th Street and Magnolia Avenue, and Trinity Christian Center, 4309 W. 16th St.
“Those are the locations we have used over the previous few courses, and those locations actually work out pretty well for us,” Lewis said.
In explaining the exercise, Lewis said it will begin with the insertion of security forces via helicopter, who will then fan out around the landing zones and secure them against “hostile” forces. As part of the training, a consular affairs officer with the State Department will work in tandem with the Marines at the Kiwanis Park landing zone to coordinate the evacuation.
“What you can expect there are several waves of helicopters, day into night, landing into Kiwanis beginning with the insert of the security forces, followed by the evacuation, taking everybody out in reverse order,” Lewis said.
During the exercise, a Quick Reaction Force convoy of military vehicles will make its way through the city of Yuma to the Trinity Christian Center landing zone to provide security and aid during the evacuation procedure being conducted there.
Lewis also said Marine Crash Fire and Rescue will be stationed at both landing zones, as well as Yuma police and military police. As always, spectators are welcome to observe the exercise, although they are asked to remain a safe distance away.
Helicopter flights, in groups of one or two at a time, will land at both landing zones during the six hours to take on civilian evacuees. The exercise will end with the extraction of the security forces by 10 p.m.
More ground troops are participating this time, said Gering, as they try to incorporate more of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) concept into the training. An MAGTF combines both ground and aviation units into a balanced expeditionary unit.
Gering said a full infantry division of Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., is participating in the current session, as well as an air defense battalion from the U.S. Army.
“That is more than what we have had in the past, and something I think you will see more of in the future.”
the landing zones are sports facilities. look back through this thread at the HR:645 stuff I've posted for an idea of how they may be securing/setting up the relocation centers
Trinity Christian Center, 4309 W. 16th St - 32.698161,-114.672675
The only Kiwanis park I could find was in Tempe - 33.367202,-111.935971, but the 8th&magnolia address puts it somewhere around here 32.71285,-114.641508edit on 18-10-2012 by 1825114 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by 1825114
What are your thoughts on this?
The local baseball complex happens to be based around a National Gaurd armoury
noun, plural -mor·ies.
1. a storage place for weapons and other war equipment.
2. a building that is the headquarters and drill center of a military unit.
And right up the road from the prison.
Is it common to have National Guard installations (potential "targets" or danger zones) surrounded by baseball fields or other such stadiums/fenced areas/fields that are generally looked at as benevolent?
The armoury is also listed as the location of the State Defense Force, part of the National Guard. The state defense force is mentioned sometimes in relation to REX-84, and their acknowledged purpose is to respond to disasters and civil unrest...
Get on google earth and look at your local sports complexes.
Note their locations in relation to jails, police stations/hangouts, hospitals, areas for helicopters to land, railroad tracks, and airports...
Martial Law Can Happen New Orleans Got Iraqed
FEMA Exercises at Giants Stadium.
September 16th, 2013
More than 62 thousand evacuees affected by gunbattle between government forces and MNLF rebels crowd the evacuation center in Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Zamboanga City.
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — With the end of the conflict between government troops and Moro National Liberation Front forces still unsure, government is now having problems on how to feed the number of displaced persons that increases by the day.
To claim their meals prepared by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the evacuees, some 44,000 of them at the Sport Complex, have to stand in line for at least two hours.
Food rations usually consist of rice, eggs and canned goods.
Narrabelle Bue, public information officer of the DSWD regional office, said there is enough supply of food and water for the evacuees.
“Our problem is with the preparation. It is not easy to prepare for 44,000 people,”
The unresolved Zamboanga siege has resulted in the displacement of over 62,000 residents forced to flee their homes for fear of their lives.
As of 11 am Saturday, September 14, the incursion by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels — now on its 6th day — has resulted in 62,329 evacuees, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said.
At least 44,472 are seeking shelter at the Zamboanga Sports Complex. It is the same sports complex where at least 50,000 showed up during the presidential sortie of Benigno Aquino III in 2010.
Others besides councilors have misgivings about a large homeless camp.
St. Vincent de Paul Director Terry McDonald recalled a camp for the homeless that existed between 1993 and 1995 in the parking lot of the Science Factory, near Autzen Stadium.
The camp was managed at different times by ShelterCare and White Bird employees.
Law breaking and conflicts among residents eventually led officials to shut the camp.
“There was an awful lot of police action,” McDonald said. “Basically, the people who were more functional and interested in self governance and civil society moved out. They were afraid of the people who moved in.”
The aftermath: a family member of a Navy Yard worker who was evacuated during a shooting arrives hoping to find him at a makeshift shelter at the Nationals Park baseball stadium
September 26, 2013
U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho said on Wednesday that more than 109,000 people remain displaced in Zamboanga. That figure is equivalent to a tenth of the population of the major coastal town.
Most of the people have taken refuge in a sports complex, which Carvalho described as "desperately overcrowded." She said the current situation was fraught with risks, including the possibility of a disease outbreak and a shortage of food, drinking water and supplies at the stadium...
- Displaced people brave the scorching heat as they wait at the stadium to receive food assistance. According to government sources, nearly 118,000 people are sheltered in 35 evacuation centres in Zamboanga City.
- For Langka Tanda, a 65-year-old widow, life at Zamboanga city’s largest evacuation centre is difficult. “The food queues are very long and the heat unbearable,” explains Langka, who lost her home in the fighting.
- PRC staff and volunteers, supported by the ICRC, prepare and supply one hot meal daily to displaced people at the stadium. Other non-governmental organizations and the authorities provide two other meals a day.
-Many displaced people are now homeless. One communal tent in Zamboanga city’s largest evacuation centre, Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, houses over 50 families.
-Displaced men are paid to set up communal tents in the stadium. This is part of a cash-for-work programme for evacuees.