Asnairah Tahir with other women leaders learn Qur’an teachings together in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. (Photo: Princess Taroza/Oxfam)
Asnairah Tahir has been a bakwit (internally displaced person) all her life. She is a resident of Mamasapano, Maguindanao, one of the battlegrounds in the Philippines between government forces and armed groups, and even for rivalry among family clans called rido.
Melan Sayutin, Sigay Nu  Babay organization president, conducts a  weekly meeting with fellow women in Sitio Gadong, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. (Photo: Princess Taroza/Oxfam)
When the 2008 conflict between Armed Forces of the Philippines and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters broke out, Melan's family and other hundred families were forced to evacuate to a safer place in Datu Odin Sinsuat.
Babu Bidarya Adam (left), a grandmother from Brgy.Tukalipnao, Mamasapano in Mindanao still continues to hope for peace amid the armed conflict that drove her community away from home.  (Photo: Rhea Pauline Catada)
We engage various stakeholders, civil society organizations,and policymakers so that ideas and institutions are transformed to ensure just and lasting peace in the Bangsamoro.
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