Saturday, November 1, 2008

Unbroken Spirit - Muslim Filipinos in time of war

“Unbroken Spirit — Muslim Filipinos in Time of War” taken during several trips to Maguindanao and Cotobato before September 2001. Depicted here are scenes from the battlefields of then Moro Islamic Liberation Front-controlled territories in Maguindanao, including rebel strongholds Camps Abubakar and Raja Muda, and the altered lives of ordinary Muslim Filipinos forced to stay at refugee camps in North Cotabato.

These scenes,are “repeated again and again every time conflict ensues between the MILF and the government.”

Indeed, then, as now, the decades-old war has seen no just end. Then, as now, peace has remained elusive for our Muslim brothers and sisters in Mindanao.

As a Filipino who faces racial discrimination in America,I can easily understand why Muslim Filipinos continue to struggle for justice and equality in their own land.They deserve better and they need a lasting peace.