In 2010, however, the 73rd Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army arrived in the Upper Suyan village, specifically in Dlumay sub-village, and started interrogating the teachers of the Blaan Literacy School and Learning Center and leaders of the community. This forced the BLSLC teachers to leave Dlumay.
In an attempt to record human rights violations in the community, Clans and all its partnered organizations organized a peace and solidarity mission. One of the highlights of the result is how the children have been affected not just by the long-standing poverty but also with militarization. (Text and photos by Janess Ann J. Ellao / Bulatlat.com)