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Archbishop Ledesma appeals for assistance to Lanao evacuees

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (21 August) -- Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro has appealed for assistance to the victims of the Lanao del Norte encounters that took place last Aug. 17.

The Archbishop sounded the appeal for the more than 7,000 evacuees who fled the towns of Kolambugan and Kauswagan, specifically the latter's Barangay Libertad, to evade the incursion of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who killed innocent civilians and burned some houses in the area.

He said the evacuees who have sought refuge at the public schools of Iligan City, namely, the City High School, City Central School and Maria Cristina National High, as well as schools in Ozamiz City are in need of medicines, water, food, clothes, sleeping paraphernalia, soap and cooking utensils, among others.

Donors from schools and business centers in based in CDO may send their donations to VPSD-RSO Xavier University while those from parishes/conversation groups, religious/government/non-government partner groups/communities may send them to the Bishop's House in the city.

Donations are planned to be sent through a caravan to the Diocese of Iligan starting on Aug. 21, and the succeeding days, he said.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Ledesma said the Bishop-Ulama Conference will most likely come up with a joint statement of all the religious leaders in Mindanao condemning the latest violence and seeking justice for the victims by going after those responsible in committing the crimes.

"We will also ask for the security and welfare of the evacuees by responding to their immediate needs, that is why we are asking everyone for whatever emergency assistance they can give to all our brothers and sisters in these areas," he said.

The donations are also intended to be given to all the evacuees in the affected communities regardless of culture and religion, he added. (PIA 10) [top]

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