I come from the Malaysian state Sabah, on the north of Borneo island, the third largest non-continental island in the world.
Sabah has always been a known as a place that is beautiful, peaceful, laid-back. Think swaying coconut trees, beaches, islands, and friendly, chilled people. If you visit friends in Sabah, we'd surely welcome you and show you around town and bring you to our favourite ngau chap mien (beef noodle soup) stall. We'd get you to relax in one of our beautiful resorts and probably drive you all the way up to our National Park to see our majestic Mount Kinabalu closer, and we'll most definitely bring you to one of our nearby islands for some banana-boating or para-sailing or snorkelling, then we'll spend the rest of the day baking in the sun.
A few weeks back, a group of 200+ armed men who call themselves the 'descendents of Royal Sulu' from Southern Philippines have invaded and occupied an area in the East coast of Sabah, and a violent battle has erupted between them and the Malaysian police. The situation is bad because people have been killed, we don't really know what is happening, rumours are spreading and people are living in fear.
Please pray for us, for God to protect us, for us to remain calm, for violence to stop, and for this conflict to come to rest peacefully.
(This is part of my 'Creativity with Food' project. Everyday in March, I'll be making art with food on a white plate and I'm posting up these photos on Instagram. Follow @redhongyi.com to find out more, and hashtag #creativemarch to join.)