Chapter 8

Hamja Kasan

Hamja Kasan is a young imam belonging to the small Islamic seafaring tribe in Surigao del Sur the Bangenge. The land on which the Bangenge live is part of a local dispute and they often face threats from outside. As an imam, people of the community often seek advice or come to him for moral support. Hamja Kasan, though young, is a very wise man and thought me a few things about Islam as a religion of peace — whereas the local government is said to accuse them of terrorist actions.