The Mindanao Bakwit Solidarity Mission: An International journey in defense of the displaced Banwaon and Ata Manobo

The Mission took place on March 8-9, 2015 mainly in Brgy. Balit, San Luis and prior to this in Brgy Nuevo Trabajo, San Luis, Agusan del Sur. The other leg of the Mission was at Talaingod, Davao del Norte on March 11-12 covering 31 communities of Brgy. Palma Gil and Dagohoy. It gathered at least 200 delegates from local, national and international human rights who expressed solidarity to the displaced Banwaon and Ata Manobo.

The Balit Mission was jointly organized by the Northern Mindanao and CARAGA formations of KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, KALUMBAY, KASALO, Asia Indigenous Peoples Network on Extractive Industries and Energy (AIPNEE). The Talaingod Mission was led by Solidarity Action Group for Indigenous People and Peasants (SAGIPP), Save Our Schools Network, PASAKA A confederation of Lumad organizations in Southern Mindanao Region and International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL). The simultaneous mission is coordinated by the Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao (KALUMARAN)

(Bakwit stands for “evacuation”).

The Balit Mission (Agusan del Sur)

The Southern Mindanao Mission