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By Jowel P. Canuday
National Book Award
Social Science Category
29th National Book Awards
Ateneo De Manila Univ Press
September 15, 2010
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10: 9715505775
ISBN-13: 978-9715505772

Bakwit is a term given to the displaced people in Mindanao as a result of the continuing armed conflict. From his thesis for his MA Anthropology at Xavier University, Canuday depicts the conditions of people repeatedly in a state of dislocation. The author tracked displaced people in chosen field sites in the Maguindanao-North Cotabato area for more than forty years and concluded that armed campaigns drove residents away and transformed these areas into impoverished localities, from which people left to seek stabler conditions with the hope of beginning new lives.

Formerly flourishing areas in the 1970s, citing Barangay Buliok in Pagalungan town in Maguindanao, he notes “Had it not been for the recurring armed conflicts, Buliok, Pagalungan would not have been as impoverished and ravaged as it is today,”

—MindaNews, 10 October 2010

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