Christians Call for Peace in Rural Philippines
06/09/2019 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – Leaders of most of the Philippines major Christian denominations have joined together in asking that the government resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDFP). They say that peace negotiations were promised by some candidates during the election but no progress has been made since they won the polls.
The NDFP is a communist insurgency that is active in the rural parts of the Philippines. It is estimated that 40,000 people have died since the conflict began in 1969. The NDFP has a history of coercing local villages into supporting their activities.
The Philippines has a strong Christian majority and has often faced challenges from insurgent and violent underground organizations. Most violence that Christians face occur in rural areas, where religion and ethnicity is closely linked. It is for this reason that Christian leaders gathered together and called for a resumption of peace talks with the NDFP. In the past, these talks included discussion on how to reintegrate NDFP members back into society in a healthy way that builds community and heals the wounds of violence.
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