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Victims rights and advocacy group Hustisya has reported the death of a young child by the Armed Forces of the Philippines:
Kawagib (Moro human rights) condemns the death of a four year old girl due to military strafing in an evacuation center in Maguindanao on August 21, 2012.
Kawagib identified the victim as Asmayra Usman, daughter of Arsad Mujahed Usman, 33, who has stayed in a makeshift evacuation center at the Mahad Nurul Ittihad in Salbo, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.
He learned later on from his fellow evacuees that the soldiers encamped at Brgy. Bagan in the nearby town of Guindulungan strafed at the direction of the evacuation center purportedly in pursuit of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Forces.
They are among the 400 families who evacuated from Brgy. Iganagampong, Datu Unsay town since August 6 as a result of escalating military offensives.
Kawagib will help the Usman family to file cases of extrajudicial killing for Asmayra and frustrated killing for Usman against the military at the Commission on Human Rights.
Kawagib will also file cases of desecration of mosques, illegal occupation of health centers and forcible evacuation against the soldiers from the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
They occupied a mosque at Brgy. Bagan in Guindulungan and use it as their military detachment. They also used as military camps a mosque, a baranggay health center and civilian houses in Brgy. Iganagampong and Brgy. Maitumaig in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.
This is in violation of the International Humanitarian Law which states that places of worship should not be used as military encampment or as a target in the armed conflict. Not only are they showing disrespect to religious places of worship, they also endanger the lives of the civilians.