INDIGENOUS WOMEN to Gov’t: Stop Violence, Focus on Food and Poverty
“Dahil sa lupa kami nabubuhay, dahil sa lupa kami pinapatay.”
“Land is why we live, land is why we are killed.” This is the statement of the Indigenous women to describe the current situation that most of their communities face today.
On Christmas eve, 61 Teduray families from Sitio Makun, Barangay Limpongo, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao fled their homes with nothing but their clothes on their backs, and with fear in their hearts. They left and moved to a nearby village after a series of attacks by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) against Teduray and Lambangian communities living within Mt. Firis