“We were all panicking and we didn’t know what to do at the time that airstrikes started,” recalled Kautin Bano. “We left around 6 in the morning and evacuated to the nearest health center. When we got there, we had no choice but to wait and observe.”
Kautin Bano, his wife and children, had to leave their home in Barangay Pandi, Datu Salibo on March 11, 2019, Maguindanao due to the airstrikes that occurred in Barangay Inaladan, Shariff Saydona.
This was not the first time that Kautin and his family were forced to leave their home. Since the 1980s, they had to evacuate several times due to conflicts in the area. With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, 600 families received emergency aid such as non-food items (NFI), hygiene kits and hygiene promotion sessions through Action Against Hunger Philippines‘ emergency response.
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(Photo by Joyce Sandajan for Action Against Hunger)