STATEMENT: Balay Mindanaw on the Jolo Bombing: Let Us Not Allow Evil to Triumph

The recent cruel act of violence that claimed at least 27 lives and wounded dozens of innocent people has again put to test our belief and faith in each other.

If we allow suspicion to divide us,

If we allow violence to create monsters out of us,

If we allow hatred to consume us,

Evil would have defeated us.

In the midst of the pains, sorrow, chaos and confusion caused by the evil act, let us remain steadfast in our pursuit of just and lasting peace.

Let us not allow evil to triumph!

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

We refuse to be victims.

We choose to be resources for Peace!

Balay Mindanaw
27 January 2019