· · · In Mindanao in the southern Philippines, internally displaced sisters, Rowena, 14, Miriam, 8, and Laika, 7, have been forcibly displaced countless times during their young lives. Most recently the family was forced to flee during Ramadan. Growing up in a conflict prone area is never easy, especially for young girls who must help their father earn a living. “We can’t just wait for food assistance, and anyway it’s never enough. We need to earn income so we fish. Some of what we catch is for the family to eat and the rest is sold at the market.” Says Rowena. “We're helping our parents, but the river is also our playground.” Adds Laika.
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