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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Tell it to SunStar: Condemning young deaths in Marawi

THERE is no safe place in Marawi and Mindanao for children under martial law, even in a sacred place like a mosque.

Abdillah Masid, 15 and a grade 6 pupil of Datu Saber Elementary School, was hit by a stray bullet while praying.

We are saddened that even children are not spared by terror and human rights violations. We echo the sentiments of the Marawi people urging President Duterte to immediately stop the airstrikes that displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians while nearly a thousand people are still trapped in the devastated city.

We reiterate our strong condemnation against the terror attacks made by the Maute group and we reaffirm our stand that martial law is not a solution to stop the decades-long armed resistance, particularly in Moro areas in Mindanao.

Civilians, particularly children are the most vulnerable and affected by the continuing fire fight and airstrikes. Justice must be served to all children and their families who have been victimized by state-perpetrated human rights violations.

More than 200,000 residents have evacuated as the government forces failed to arrest most-wanted terrorist Isnilon Hapilon, causing a city-wide firefight between government troops and the Maute.

Isinilon Hapilon is believed to be the Isis leader in Southeast Asia, a terrorist group allegedly trained and funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.

We condemn both the US-instigated terror attacks and the continuing military airstrikes in Marawi City as well as in other parts of Mindanao.

We are set to join the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission on June 13-16, 2017 in some parts of Marawi City, Davao del Sur and North Cotabato led by Kalinaw Mindanao. Along with one of its member institution, Children’s Rehabilitation Center, the alliance is set to document human rights violations perpetrated against children and provide psycho-social first aid for them. Salinlahi Alliance
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