Marines hold soccer clinic for war stresed Zambo City children PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:53

After three weeks of fighting, Philippine Marines took time to conduct a soccer clinic for children of evacuees at the covered court of Zamboanga City Polytechnic College in  Baliwasan.

The three-week crisis was caused by MNLF rebels who laid siege to six barangays triggering senless killings including soldiers, policemen and helpless civilians many of whom were taken hostage and some caught in the crossfire.

The fighting destroyed billions of pesos worth of properties, caused the displacement of people and hampered the city’s economic activities.

The soccer sports clinic was conducted by the Philippine Marines Corps’ Special  Service Command led by Lt. Col. Stephen Cabanlet. The sports event is part of the Philippine Marines’ program on civil military outreach program.

The purposed of the sports clinic is to help children forget their chaotic and traumatic experience during the siege and to heal their physical and psychological stress.

The marines expressed optimism that the sports clinic will help the children recover from trauma. — Allen Abastillas