Philippines: Bajao Community in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, hit the Philippines in the early morning hours of November 8, 2013, leaving unimaginable infrastructural devastation and human suffering in its wake. The Bajao community, living in the municipality of Isabel on Leyte Island, was one of the hardest hit communities.
The article (click on link below to read) explores recovery efforts and proposed relocation and housing plans from the point of view of indigenous peoples' rights, in particular rights to enjoy its own culture and maintain a traditional way of life. The author posits that Bajao should actively participate in planning and implementing relocation plans and housing projects and be consulted at all stages of the process.
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