In August 2008, peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines broke down, destroying eight years of negotiations. The fighting that ensued displaced 600,000 people in the southern island of Mindanao, the largest single displacement of that year. ..Eight months later, as the evacuees were beginning to return home and resume their lives, the military launched a campaign against Ameril Umbra Kato, a renegade MILF commander. Tens of...
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