I recieved an email from Adzfar Usman, MNLF Youth relayed to Samira Gutoc thru our YMPN yahoogroups. Heres the content:
Military ops still ongoing in the province(s) of Sulu, of course, in Basilan too. The worst thing is, instead of giving space to the civilians to harvest their fruits produce (now is harvest season), and despite of the appeal from the CSO’s and other government line agencies, thru the Peace Working Group of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, the ops is being intensified. and there were accusations from the civilians allegedly the military in the area were harvesting their fruits and stealing their livestock particularly chickens. This is in the upper part of Bato-bato in Indanan municipality. and this is maybe true also in some other parts of Sulu.
I hope through our little efforts, we can find ways how to stop this impunity against our people.
There always this kind of harrassments during wars. During the previous all-out wars of years 2000 and 2003 in Mindanao particularly in Lanao provinces, the military steals the spoils of war. The spoils – livestocks and belongings left by the residents fleeing to evacuation site or away from military operation. When the resident goes back to their respected houses their livestocks and important things in their houses were gone.