While Christians and Muslims had enjoyed a relatively peaceful coexistence before U. S. intervention, there was and still is a significant struggle and threat to the livelihoods of millions of people in Mindanao.
Mindanao itself is the region of the highest poverty, hunger, illiteracy, malnutrition and morbidity in the Philippines, yet it has some of the most natural resources being home to gold, silver, and many other precious metals. The soil is rich in nutrients and can sustain a variety of crops.
So why is Mindanao so poor?
The people are no longer in control of their own land. Huge companies come in from the west and build plantations, or mine the mountains for oil. They claim land that has historically belonged to indigenous nomadic tribes and desecrate their sacred places all for the sake of profit.
When the Lumad choose to fight back they are silenced. At InPeace we are fighting for these peoples rights, while researching and exposing all the illegal and disturbing practices of these huge corporations.