Notes from the Field

Resource: Asia Foundation’s Report on Clan Feuding in Mindanao Informs Dialogue

December 2, 2009

After a number of Mangudadatu family members were murdered on November 23 in unprecedented election-related violence in Maguindanao, in the Philippines, many have expressed concern over the possibility of a new eruption of rido, or retaliatory clan feuding. As journalists, bloggers, and the general public respond to the tragedy, The Asia Foundation’s definitive reference report Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao details clan violence and resolution in the Philippines and serves as a resource to understand the roots of these sporadic outbursts between families and communities. The report’s map chronicles the result of extensive research conducted by the Foundation beginning in 2002 with a household survey in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and adjacent areas. New York Times columnist Robert Mackey, recently blogged about the Philippine government’s response to the massacre and mentioned the report’s findings. Access the full report, listen to an interview on KQED’s The Forum with our Country Representative in the Philippines Steve Rood, or join the discussion on Twitter.

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