There were more than a 100 of them. Young and old, christians and muslims, men and women, schooled and unschooled – all poor, all powerless, all dispossessed, all displaced, all from Maguindanao. They talked with each other on the most vital and important matters which they themselves set. They talked about kauyagan (livelihood) and kalilintad (peace). They talked about breaking free the chains of fear and want. They are steadily becoming aware of their power – individual and collective – to seize and change the course of history. They are the bakwits.