Unacceptable economic contrast. Homeless people living in the shadows of those involved in million dollar investments. Treated like rats. Nobody cares about their existence.

Philippines

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Zamboanga

In 2013 more than 200 people lost their lives in the battle of Zamboanga, an armed conflict between the forces of the Republic of the Philippines . Two months later the city deeply affected , still in ruin try to heal there wounds. The child in the photo oblivious of the situation. Yet.

The clashes has caused the displacement of more than 100,000 people, the occupation of several barangays (villages) by the MNLF, the deaths of several civilians, the closure of the Zamboanga International Airport (which has since been reopened), and the slowdown of economic activity in the city.

On September 28, the government declared the end of military operations in Zamboanga City. Commander Malik, reportedly the leader of the MNLF forces, remains at large, and several skirmishes are still being regularly reported.

For a split second  the sight of my camera made him feel special. Proof that the small things in life can still make you smile

The Battle

The Zamboanga City crisis or Battle of Zamboanga was an armed conflict in Zamboanga City, Philippines between the forces of the Republic of the Philippines and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front, generally known by other factions as the Rogue MNLF Elements (RME) under the Sulu State Revolutionary Command (SSRC) led by Ustadz Habier Malik and Khaid Ajibon, whose group continues to recognize Nur Misuari as MNLF Chairman. The crisis erupted on September 9, 2013 when this MNLF faction attempted to raise the flag of the self-proclaimed Bangsamoro Republik at Zamboanga City Hall, which had earlier declared its independence on August 12, 2013 in Talipao, Sulu.

Just one of the many children living  on the streets in the Philippines living  in terror, fear and fright. I will never forget the way that little boy looked at me mesmerized by my camera.

Just one of the many children living  on the streets in the Philippines living  in terror, fear and fright. I will never forget the way that little boy looked at me mesmerized by my camera.

Botchok, the youngest son of a family of four lives in a house the size of a single bedroom made from bamboo  with out electricity. He helps his father who works on a coconut farm while he is not in school. This time he is climbing the tree to retrieve coconuts for us.

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