While former Marine officer and Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano praised the government forces’ bravery in liberating Marawi City from the hands of Islamist extremists, the lawmaker also joined calls for the Duterte administration to pinpoint and comprehend the root causes of the problems in the South so it could have a more lasting solution to terrorism.
“The kinds of early investments that the donors are making, in peace-building and stabilization and resilience, are key to the success of our diplomatic efforts to resolve the political disputes, as well as to our military and peace-building efforts to marginalize groups like al Shabaab,” Corinne Graff, senior policy scholar at the United States Institute for peace, said.
Water-stressed regions such as North Africa and the Middle East are in a cycle of conflict, explained Corinne Graff, a senior policy scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, during a talk on Aug. 29. Water shortages lead to conflict, but conflict further worsens access to clean water. “Violence destroys physical infrastructure … and public services, exacerbating drought and food insecurity,” she said. Helping fragile governments become more resilient is the only way to really solve humanitarian crises related to water, she said.