Australia Donating $20M in Aid for Displaced Marawi Residents

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Australia has promised to send more financial aid to the Philippines to help people displaced by the ongoing battle in Marawi City.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Tuesday, Aug. 8, that Australia is sending $20 million worth of assistance over four years.

Bishop met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Monday.

Bishop said in a press release they discussed the impact the conflict in Marawi has had on the people of the region.

More than 360,000 people were forced to flee their homes after IS-linked Maute militants seized Marawi City on May 23.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines has been fighting to liberate Marawi ever since.

Bishop said Australian aid will be used to fund child protection and counseling services.

It’ll also fund infrastructure projects for communities around Marawi, like providing clean drinking water and repairing local roads.