With most of the world watching the Syrian conflict, the hostage situation in the Philippines continues. We continue to call for prayers for those affected in the Philippines as there are still a couple dozen hostages, mostly Christians, being held by the militant Islamic group Moro National Liberation Front. This is a political play rather than a purely religious one, but that does not mean that the Christians weren’t intentionally selected because of their faith, nor does it mean that they are in any less danger.
Extended fighting between Muslim separatists and the Philippine military has forced 80,000 people to evacuate the predominantly Christian city of Zamboanga.
The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) deliberately selected dozens of Christian hostages and used them as human shields, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The MNLF is fighting a proposed peace treaty between the Philippine government and another Islamist faction, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
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