I actually saw that the ICRC workers will die. A large number of people will die that will join in, or will be caught in the middle of, the combat when the opposing forces will meet.
The Red Cross workers paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Governor, who is the Red Cross head in the province. Then they visited the jail where supposedly they had a project at. Suddenly, in front of the gate outside the jail after visiting, the Red Cross workers were kidnapped. A supposed former government worker at that jail kidnapped them. He is identified as Raden Abu. His uncle, supposedly is an Abu Sayyaf leader called Dr. Abu.
Raden Abu was accompanied by four other people. Two are closely related to him but the other two are identified as soldiers based in Jolo.
The question is why did the ICRC workers objected to the offer of security escorts by government? Why did they instead chose to place their lives and safety at considerable risk by rejecting the offer of security assistance from the Philippine Government. Just look at the big costs and expenses the government is incurring in trying to resolve the problem! The waste of money is tremendous! Look at the people of Sulu, they are so poor and live a decrepit existence.
People ride in small cabs, motorcycle driven or
Passengers on public utility vehicles often ride on the roof
Garbade cans on a flooded street
Common sight in Jolo: children begging for small money to buy food
To compound the poverty, there is constant conflict raging between Abu Sayyaf, breakaway-renegade MNLF groups and government forces.
Bandit elements and feuding families also contribute greatly to the hostilities in Sulu. On the second week of February, after the local government of Sulu, the national government and the civilian population agreed to cooperate in catching the kidnappers, suddenly a series of mortar attacks was made against Jolo proper. The mortar shells pierced houses in Busbos, Jolo and the Notre Dame school in Jolo. The areas hit were adjacent to or near the marines main headquarters in Jolo. Scores of people were seriously injured, including among them, children. I had to fly away immediately. The strong delicious scent of blood was making me want to eat the victims...
As much as I wanted to very much, I canot bear the thought of wanting to eat this poor little child for dinner.
I saw this lady while she was going to the hospital very much later after the soldiers and policemen crowding the hospital had left.