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Calugusan, Basilan: After the war

Calugusan, Basilan: Ante Bellum (After the war.) Rido in the culture of Islam is a blood feud between clans that can operate at many levels and intensities. It consists of periods of violence undermined in length. This is where and how society breaks down. the Rido of Calugusan existed for 12 years but the barangay was ghosted 7 years ago meaning all inhabitants left the area. In October 2019 the rido was officially ended and dozens of firearms were recovered from Calugusan and surrounding areas via brokering by the 4th special forces battalion and multiple local government agencies. The war is over and people want to return ...... so what now ? Enter #hybrid In November 2019 after a successful project in Sumisip, Basilan I was asked if i could help the Special Forces rebuild the area with food security in mind and livelihood for the returning populace. I was beyond honored to be asked to be a part of this. Nothing could prepare me for what awaited me there. When I arrived I saw a ve