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Philippines: Hopes for Peace in Mindanao Breakaway Region

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Philippines: Hopes for Peace in Mindanao Breakaway Region

The conflict has displaced more than 160,000 people.

For years, the Philippines have fought a separatist Muslim insurgency in the South. This summer, it looked like a peace deal with the largest rebel group was near…but it's been held up in the Supreme Court. 

In response, rogue commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have attacked Christian villages and the Philippine army launched a major offensive at rebel camps.

Susan Russell is a Professor of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University .

According to the Philippine Defense Secretary, over a quarter-million people have been displaced by the most recent eruption of violence on the Southern island of Mindanao

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