Talks impasse bad for children

(DAVAO CITY) — The impasse in the negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is likely to take its toll among children in Mindanao’s conflict-affected areas, a Philippine official of the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), said.

Leon Dominador Fajardo, coordinator of the UNICEF’s project on the protection of  children in conflict affected areas, told MindaNews it is a more difficult situation to wait in uncertainty.

He said the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should be commended for holding on to the ceasefire agreement amid the stalled negotiations.

“But they have to break the stalemate to dispel any further psychosocial impact to people created by the uncertainty, especially to children,” he said.  

Fajardo cited the tension and stress created as the uncertainty extends longer and the pockets of incidents of armed encounters in conflict-affected areas. Read full story here.

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