Palimbang, Mindanao, June 30, 2011 – More than 6000 people in northern Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat are affected as a land ownership disagreement escalated into armed conflict. Initial government and Red Cross assessment noted only 90 families have been affected, but after a week of continued strife, hundreds of families have fled to neighboring villages. Casualties are estimated 20 and one negotiator from the area is reported killed. A new team of negotiators arrived, but there is no news yet of an end. Red Cross arrived on the 30th and the governor’s representatives and the mayor who was in Manila the entire time.
PASALI brought a team with medical team from Kapayapaan Kapatid Council, and distributed food and medical supplies to over 2000 evacuees June 28-29. PASALI found Moro, Christian familes huddled in a Madrasa and elementary school building and Indigenous Peoples camping with no shelter on the beach or on make-shift huts. Three pregnant women were on site, one gave birth on the night of the 28th. PASALI dispatches a second relief team on Monday, July 4, 2011 to areas with evacuees who have received no help for over a week.