The number of the internally displaced persons brought by the Marawi Crisis has reached 410,550 individuals or 89,639 families (Sit. Rep. # 33, DSWD, 12 July 2017) scattered in 8 regions of the country, with the greatest number seeking refuge in Iligan City and in various towns of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Unaccounted number of people, mostly Meranaos, are feared still stranded in conflict zones within Marawi.
The humanitarian situation is becoming more and more serious each day as the expressed needs of the evacuees are still unmet. Thus, the call to intensify our interfaith and humanitarian responses to the crisis of Marawi should be sustained.
May we invite you, therefore, to the second wave of the NATIONAL INTERFAITH HUMANITARIAN MISSION led by Kalinaw Mindanao on July 26-29, 2017.
The Mission aims to:
1. Serve at least 10,000 internally displaced persons through relief delivery operations, medical and psychosocial interventions, and legal mission;
2. Express interfaith solidarity and unity with IDPs and other victims of human rights violations, and witness the founding assembly of the Marawi Crisis survivors’ movement that would push for justice and rehabilitation;
3. Sustain the documentation and collation of the human rights situation in Marawi that would aid the survivors to demand accountability and indemnification;
4. Reverberate the call for the release of Fr. Chito Suganob and other civilian hostages in Marawi; and
5. Appraise our earlier recommendations on how to address communities impacted by terrorism and Martial Law in Mindanao.
Kalinaw Mindanao has been carrying out interfaith responses to Mindanao crises, including massive displacements caused by the all-out war campaign of the Estrada administration in Central Mindanao in 2000, in Sulu and Basilan by the Arroyo government in 2005, and in Central Mindanao in 2008 following the rejection of the MOA-AD.
This invitation enjoins you to:
Help generate/contribute relief support to the Mission areas
Volunteer for psychosocial, medical, and relief services
Enlist as human rights documenters, or join the legal mission team
Witness the formation of the survivors’ movement and other interfaith activities
For inquiries, please contact Amirah Lidasan at mobile number +63 921 927 6588 (for participants outside northern Mindanao) or Ailene Villarosa, +63 955 601 6942 (for northern Mindanao participants). Advisories and logistical details will be published on July 22.
Download below the formal invitation and the pre-registration form!