Philippines

On the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, various conflicts overlap. The main one is the conflict between the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government. On top of that, fighting over resources as well as decades of Communist rebellion create a volatile situation on Mindanao. The forumZFD works together with partners from civil society, the media and state institutions in order to overcome this culture of violence. It aims at fostering mutual understanding and strengthening structures of communication and cooperation. The focus of this peace intervention lies on enhancing media competencies, integrating education for peace into the training of teachers and managing conflicts at community level.
On the Island of Mindanao in southern Philippines, more than half a million people fled their villages after fighting erupted once again between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in August 2008. Today thousands still remain in squalid evacuation camps out of fear and despair, hoping that peace will come. What is this conflict - which has claimed at least 120,000 lives over the past 40 years - all about? 'Mindanao: Voices for Peace' traces the historical roots of the conflict and looks at local peace building initiatives today. The voices for peace in Mindanao are strong, but these voices are seldom heard.