By LITO RULONA
More than 750 volunteers from Metro Manila and different regions in Mindanao converged in different conflict areas in Mindanao yesterday to respond to calls for humanitarian intervention to communities affected by the fight between the government and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group as well as communities affected by the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
In a press statement, Amirah Ali Lidasan, convener of Kalinaw Mindanao and the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM) said volunteers responded to the call for an interfaith intervention.
She said the activity is geared towards bringing relief and medical services to victims and evacuees, as well as document human rights violations brought about by the declaration of Martial Law.
The mission has covered five mission areas: Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, Matanao in Davao del Sur, President Roxas in North Cotabato and Mamasapano in Maguindanao.
In Iligan City, the mission converged at the Minitheater of the Mindanao State Unversity – Iligan Institute of Technology for an opening program with more than 400 participants for the NIHM in Lanao.
“Kalinaw, meaning peace, is what we seek in Mindanao. So much suffering and violence has been done to the Mindanawons, especially our Moro brothers and sisters. This has to stop now,” said Aida Ibrahim, spokesperson of Kalinaw Mindanao-Northern Mindanao Region.
Kalinaw Mindanao serves as a response of different groups to the call for a Muslim-Christian-Indigenous Peoples’ unity in addressing the roots cause of the conflict in Mindanao and for the promotion of just and lasting peace.