Marawi Crisis survivors hold thanksgiving activity in Manila

“Shukran Raka” or “Thank You for the Support”, were warm greetings exchanged during the thanksgiving activity of survivors of the Marawi Crisis at the Kampuhan sa UP Diliman in Quezon City, September 20 of this year.

“Our Meranao brothers and sisters continue to suffer in cramped evacuation centers. Many are becoming sick especially the children and elderly. Many have lost loved ones during the war in our hometown. We all long for our homes. But there is nothing left in Marawi. Through it all, we felt we were not alone. Many reached out to show solidarity. Many helped in every way possible. We give our thanks”, Sititerahma Asim of Tindeg Ranao (Rise Up Ranao) said.

Asim also said the group wished to thank the groups and sectors that welcomed them and listened to their stories during the ‘Lakbayan ng Pambsang Minroya para sa Sariling Pagpapasya at Makatarungang Kapayapaan’ to the nation’s capital on-going for almost a month to date.

Together with the Lumad of Mindanao, Tindeg Ranao delegates of the Lakbayan called for the revocation of Martial Law declaration in Mindanao as this have resulted to the intensification of human rights violations including violation of their rights to peaceful assembly, illegal detention, extrajudicial and frustrated killings, threat, harassment and intimidation. According to the group, the martial law declaration has also intensified the discrimination against Muslims who were branded as “terrorists”.

The thanksgiving activity also brought to fold support for future initiatives of Tindeg Ranao. These initiatives include solidarity actions for justice and rehabilitation for the survivors and continuing humanitarian support in the form of psychosocial interventions, relief missions and medical missions.

The activity started at 10:00 in the morning and culminated at 12:00 noon. It was organized by the National Office of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in partnership with the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub Region (RMP NMR), Panday Bulig, Tulong Kabataan Northern Mindanao and the Tindeg Ranao.

RMP-NMR and partner organizations have extended various forms of support to the survivors of the Marawi Crisis since the war erupted on May 23, 2017. The initiatives were supported by volunteers and local and international donors.

Among the partners who attended this morning’s activity include the National Council of Churches of the Philippines, ACCORD Inc, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and the Jovenes Foundation. ###