Children and schools caught in Philippine conflicts, UN concerned about AFP tactics

Surigao evacuationhttp://interaksyon.com

12-May-11, 12:10 PM | Carlos H. Conde, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines – The soldiers descended on the Lumad (tribal) villages of Lianga where, according to human rights and tribal groups, they put up checkpoints that restricted the movement of residents and imposed a blockade that severely constrained the food supply to the communities.

The militarization of the villages in Lianga and two other towns of Surigao del Sur, in the southern Philippines, in 2008 and 2009 also forced hundreds of villagers to evacuate.

The children at two schools specially built for the Manobo tribe – the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development and the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur – suffered the most as a result of the militarization, according to advocacy groups. Because of the food blockade, children went to school on empty or half-empty stomachs. Worse, classes had to be suspended.

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Child Soldiers or Victims?

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05-March-11, | Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Bulatlat.com

The children of political activists and human rights workers who have fallen victim to extrajudicial killings are orphaned, their young lives marred and damaged by the experience of losing their parents to state violence. As for the child victims of extrajudicial killings themselves, their brutal killing at the hands of the military prove the extent of the AFP’s impunity—not even the most innocent are spared.

A decade ago, novelist and comic book writer Neil Gaiman and a few others wrote and published under DC Vertigo an illustrated novel called “The Children’s Crusade.”

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Kyle walks 120km for A Hand for an Orphan project

Kyle Baleva (left) with his Nijmegen foster family Marianne Jansen and Co Martens. At right is Angie M. Gonzales, Kyle's mother and Chairperson of the Foundation for Filipino Children.It is our honor to inform you that Kyle has successfully walked a total of 120 km Friday (23 July), capping his participation in Nijmegen’s Walk of the World at about 14:00! For this feat, he acquired his second “Vierdaagsekruis” medal, an official Dutch decoration.

We are even more glad to report that aside from some ankle pain, he did not experience any other injury, not even a single blister on his feet! He bravely crossed the finish line, relieved that he would only need to walk part of the way back home to Utrecht and would not need to wake up very early the following day. Yet he already looks forward to joining the walk once again next year!

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Second day report

very warm first day, Nijmegen 4-day marchesWe are glad to report that Kyle has successfully crossed the finish line Tuesday officially at 13:53 and today at 14:34.

Expecting severe weather conditions on the first day of the walk (20th), the organizers of the walk decided to have the participants start one hour and a half earlier than usual. Kyle had to leave our foster family’s home (still the wonderful Nijmeegse couple, Co and Marianne) at 6:00 in the morning to try and evade the extreme heat of the sun (from 13:00 – 16:00).

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Contact information

Office (temporary) and mailing Address:

Rooseveltlaan 784
3526 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands

Telephone:
+31630911756

E-mail:
inquire@filipinochildren.net

 

Supported organization in the Netherlands:

SAMAKA-NL (Samahan ng mga Kabataan sa Netherlands) is an organization of Filipino youth living in the Netherlands. We provide knowledge and skills to help address problems, issues and concerns related to the youth. We bring young people together to raise their awareness for the current affairs both in the Philippines and here in the Netherlands. Moreover SAMAKA-NL is an organization that contributes and aims for social change.
Contact person:
Althea “Dayday” delos Santos

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Kyle’ s Walk of the World 2010

On 20-23 July, 13-year old Kyle G. Baleva will join the International Four-Day Marches in Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. He will join about 45,000 participants and hike 30 kilometers per day for a total of 120 km in four days.

Kyle will do “The Walk of the World” in order to raise €3,000 for orphaned children in the Philippines. The money raised will buy toys, art materials, educational materials, clothes, food and medicines for children whose parents have disappeared or died due to violent causes.

Would you like to help Kyle’s “Walk of the World”?

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Child rights group to file torture raps against military

JERRIE ABELLA, GMANews.TV 03/29/2010 | 10:34 PM http://www.gmanews.tv/story/187282/child-rights-group-to-file-torture-raps-vs-military A child rights advocacy group is set to file cases before the Commission on Human Rights against the military for arresting three minors whom they allegedly tortured into admitting they are communist rebels. SALINLAHI Alliance for Children’s Concerns said three children, including two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy, were arrested by elements of the Philippine Army in separate incidents in Compostela Valley and North Cotabato. Continue reading “Child rights group to file torture raps against military”

Child rights group to file torture raps against military

JERRIE ABELLA, GMANews.TV 03/29/2010 | 10:34 PM http://www.gmanews.tv/story/187282/child-rights-group-to-file-torture-raps-vs-military A child rights advocacy group is set to file cases before the Commission on Human Rights against the military for arresting three minors whom they allegedly tortured into admitting they are communist rebels. SALINLAHI Alliance for Children’s Concerns said three children, including two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy, were arrested by elements of the Philippine Army in separate incidents in Compostela Valley and North Cotabato. Continue reading “Child rights group to file torture raps against military”