The Philippines: Militancy rising as peace talks stall

by Jared Ferrie

Taya Quezon was displaced by fighting between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).  Photo Jared Ferrie/IRIN

Mindanao is rich in resources as well as population diversity. It is also home to a violent patchwork of sometimes-overlapping armed groups. These include Islamist revolutionaries as well as extremist militants, communist rebels, paramilitaries, clan-based private armies, and networks of organised crime.