There’s something about soft, plush toys that speaks to every child. They’re cuddly, they’re cute and they make even the most hardened kid flash a smile. It gives them comfort, it gives them a sense of being of who they are, even after tragedies and life’s hardships altered them in ways that we adults can only begin to understand. A simple toy can bring them back to being ordinary children; without worries, without fear.
It was our last day in Sulu. We woke early in the morning, had our usual longsilog breakfast at camp. We packed our bags and together with a massive convoy of marines from MBLT-6, drove to a graduation ceremony being held at the 26th Marine Corp camp in Barangay Danag in Patikul.