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Insights and Images

I did some work with an NGO called the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) on my last visit to the Philippines in Oct 2007 to January 2008.  The CRC works with children who are victims of state violence.  This set of ten images will try to tell just a small part of their current story. As some of you may know, the Philippines is in pretty rough shape these days.  It’s current government is said by human rights groups in country and internationally to be guilty of severe abuses.  It was until last year the 2nd most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist (after Iraq).

According to respected human rights watchdog ‘Karapatan,’ the GMA regime (1 Jan to 30 June 2008) is accused of:

Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions… 910 (2006 was the worst year with 210 killings)
Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances… 193 (2006 was the worst year with 78)

These images start in a Manila jail which houses accused Muslim insurgents (in Bush terms: “Terrorists”), including a dozen former children, now young adults…

*This article is lifted from Alex Felipe's blogsite. Alex' family moved to Canada when he was barely in gradeschool. However,he was never disconnected from his homeland as he shares his talent and profundity in his advocacies on Philippine issues.