Richard James Mendoza | Demotix
Families of ‘desaparecidos’, or victims of enforced disappearances, gather at Plaza Miranda in Manila, Philippines on All Souls’ Day to commemorate their kin who have disappeared. They also wrote letters in time for Pope Francis’ visit next year.
Families of victims of enforced disappearance or desaparacidos gathered in Plaza Miranda on All Souls’ Day to remember their loved ones, light candles and offer flowers. Under the Noynoy Aquino administration, there have been 21 victims of abduction perpetrated by state security forces and has since added up to the numbers of desaparacidos since the Marcos dictatorship. During the activity, families of desaparacidos wrote letters to Pope Francis asking for help to seek justice for their loved ones. According to Desaparacidos (Pamilya ng Desaparacidos para sa Katarungan), they have followed the statements of Pope Francis on justice and human rights. For them, it is an opportunity for the families to voice out the injustices and human rights violations in the Philippines.
The Pope will visit the Philippines on January 2015 to visit typhoon Yolanda ravaged areas in the Visayas.
Photos by Erika Cruz
AKSYON | Sumulat kay Pope Francis kahapon ang mga kamag-anak ng desaparecidos o missing persons sa Plaza Miranda sa Quiapo, Maynila, upang humingi ng tulong. Umabot na raw kasi sa mahigit 2,000 ang nawawala simula pa noong Martrial Law. Nag-alay rin ng mga bulaklak at kandila ang mga kamag-anak para sa kanilang nawawalang mahal sa buhay.
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