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Marawi evacuees hope for end to conflict, want to go home

Published July 9, 2017 6:23pm Marawi City residents who had to evacuate to nearby towns are hoping for an end to the conflict that has ravaged their hometown.


"Kung minsan, nararamdaman dito lalo yung sabog. Nagagalit [kami], pero ang sinasabi natin, wala. Wala na tayong magagawa eh, nandiyan na 'yan eh," Saipodin Ibrahim, who is staying at an evacuation center in the neighboring town of Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur, said in a report by Victoria Tulad on GMA News' "Balitanghali" on Sunday.

"'Yan ang [sinasabi ng] karamihan sa mga tao rito—wala na tayong magagawa, andiyan na 'yan. Pero ang hiling namin, tama na," he added.

This was echoed by Sittie Asiah Mohammad, another evacuee in the area who gave birth two days after fleeing war-torn Marawi.

"Gusto kong makauwi, kasi nga mahirap dito. 'Yung climate dito, masyadong mainit tapos nagkakasakit 'yung mga bata, nagkakahawa-hawaan," she said.

According to the report, some 600 evacuees are currently housed at the Saguiaran People's Plaza, while another 1,000 are temporarily taking refuge at the Saguiaran Gym.

Continuous clashes between the Philippine military and the ISIS-linked Maute group started in May, and led President Rodrigo R. Duterte to declare martial law in the entire island of Mindanao.

Duterte also said he might declare martial law nationwide should the ISIS terrorist group reach Luzon Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA News


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