[In the news] After the war: Untold stories from women in Mindanao -GMA News

After the war: Untold stories from women in Mindanao
Carmela G. LAPEÑA, GMA News
February 17, 2013

gmanewsonlineForced to flee during the all-out war in Mindanao, Maimona Musa Didatu-Bayan and her family struggled for almost a decade to rebuild their lives. Her story is just one of those from millions of women whose voices are left unheard as they are portrayed merely as victims of war.

Maimona lived in a far-flung area in Maguindanao province, but were forced to leave their home when former President Joseph Estrada declared the all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2000. “Masakit pero we have to prefer to leave our locality kay sa matamaan kami ng bomba,” she said during “Huntahan, Balitaan at Kapayapaan: A Dialogue with Media and Mindanao Women on the Peace Process” held on February 4.

Carrying what they could, Maimona’s family fled. Her aunt, who was pregnant with twins, gave birth in a tunnel, while all around them the bombing continued. The twins did not survive.

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