The New People’s Army (NPA)-Lanao stood in solidarity with the Moro people as they started to observe the holy month of Ramadan. In solidarity, the Red fighters also fasted on April 12, the first day of Ramadan. This is the fourth Ramadan since the Duterte regime ravaged Marawi and evicted its residents. Until today, Moros have yet to return to their communities and just rely on the aid of international agencies. The conditions in evacuations continue to worsen by the day due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amid the grave hardships suffered by the Moro people, they are further driven away from their communities by the Duterte regimes. Among them are 1,500 families from Barangay Pusaw, Sharif Saydona Mustafa and 600 families from Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampataun who were forced to evacuate due to the military’s indisciminate bombing and strafing in their communities. They join other evacuees who suffer difficulties in commemorating Ramadan this year.
The NPA-Lanao called on the Moro people to continue to aspire for a liberated society where their rights to self-determination will be respected.