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The conflict in the Philippines has persisted since May 23rd when the Maute group invaded the city of Marawi. The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) and Caritas Philippines are working together to bring aid to those affected by the invasion. They are giving out food, hygiene kits, and various other essentials. The NASSA and Caritas Philippines consist of five staff members and 20 volunteers, both Christians and Muslims working together to help those in need.

07/18/2017 The Philippines (AsiaNews.it) – About 1,000 Roman Catholics from a village in central Vietnam’s Quang Binh province marched to the local People’s Committee office on Monday to demand compensation for lost livelihoods caused by a toxic waste spill that occurred along the country’s central coast more than a year ago, a priest who led the gathering said.

A quarter of the 4,000 parishioners of Con Nam church in Quang Minh village of Badon town called on local administrators to pay them for losses they have suffered from the spill that polluted more than 125 miles of coastline along four coastal provinces, including Quang Binh, said Father Truong Van Thuc.

The April 6, 2016, environmental disaster killed an estimated 115 tons of fish and left fishermen and tourism industry workers jobless.

Two months later, Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group acknowledged it was responsible for the release of the chemicals from its massive steel plant located at the deep-water port in Ha Tinh province’s Ky Anh district.

The company voluntarily paid U.S. $500 million to clean up and compensate those affected by the spill, but the slow and uneven payout of the funds by the Vietnamese government has prompted protests which continue to be held more than a year after the disaster.

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