Lumad mother dies from ‘worry’ over not seeing children

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A LUMAD who came to Cebu to get her son confirmed the statement of a social worker from the municipality of Talaingod in Davao del Norte that her elder sister died from worrying over not seeing her son and daughter for a long time.

Inangom Mandacawan said that her sibling, Samana Mandacawan, died in 2019. Samana’s two children were brought to Cebu City to study, according to Save Our Schools Network Cebu, an organization composed of church-based groups, academic institutions, militant organizations, and members of civil society.

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Inangom came to Cebu to get her son. She will also bring her niece and nephew home. She said she was very happy to finally see the three children.

Inangom also said that she does not know how to read and write. She said that she was not fully aware of the details of the document she signed with her thumbprint granting permission to have her son brought to Davao City.

The three children were among the Lumads “rescued” from a retreat house in Talamban, Cebu City. (AYB, BBT/With NRC)