A youth volunteer enjoy warm hugs and smiles from Manobo children who left Saturday morning to return to Loreto, Agusan del Sur after negotiations with their mayor assured them that soldiers are pulled out from their villages. The Manobos stayed in Bankerohan Gym for 18 days with support from church and other groups. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)
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A Manobo toddler plays with a new pair of slippers given by support groups and the City Government as ‘parting gifts’ to the 500 Manobos who finally returned home to Loreto, Agusan del Sur after an agreement with their mayor that troops will be pulled out from their villages. The support groups provided food, health and other needs for the Manobos in Davao for the past 18 days. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)
By DAVAO TODAY
Hanimay Suazo of Karapatan Southern Mindanao who was with the medical team coming from Davao said there was chaos as they wanted to talk to provincial government officials to calm down the situation, especially when the adults were contained later by the police away from the children awaiting them. “They still have not eaten, it was like they were placed in a concentration camp,” exclaimed Suazo.