Jes Aznar: Photographer in the Philippines

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Jes Aznar : photographer in the Philippines

Filipinos have suffered a lot with poverty and war. Jes Aznar shows this through his photography.

The poorest province in the Philippine island of Mindanao is Maguindanao. People try to find bits of corn on the floor to eat.

For most families living here, poverty is worse because of fighting between government forces and rebels, or between different groups. Big international companies took a lot of land. So many groups began to fight back: the New People’s Army, the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. These cut the island off from development.

About 120,000 people have died in the fighting, mostly civilians, and about two million more have lost their homes. Last year, they stopped fighting to prepare for the passing of a new law to work on what the rebel groups are fighting for. But congress did not pass the new law.


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