On January 22 to 26, Kodao Productions covered the National Interfaith Mission for Peace and Justice in Maguindanao. The event was to commemorate the second month since the gruesome massacre that killed 58 people, 32 of whom were journalists.
The “Ampatuan Massacre” of 23 November 2009 is the worst politically-motivated killing in the Philippines and the incident that felled the most number of journalists in a day.
Church people, human rights groups, lawyers’ organizations, media groups and many others accompanied the victims’ families to the site in solidarity. The mission also offered relief goods to the “silent victims” of the massacre, the hundreds of families who were forcibly evacuated amid fears of the continuing presence of private armies and government paramilitary forces who are suspects in the crime.
The following is a collection of photos of the event.
In the barrio now notorious as the site of the November 23 massacre that killed 58 people, hundreds of hungry families lingered in a tent city clustered around mango trees. In Barangay Salman, in this town, families seek shelter during humid days and chilly nights inside shacks of plastic sheets and woven coconut fronds of not more than five square meters in size,. Evacuees relied solely on doleouts to survive and had to wait in line to use the few hastily erected toilets around the tent city. They received no medical attention even as children were getting sick from the lack of food and sanitation.