By Jean E. Abarquez
With the ongoing siege in Marawi, numerous Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have been inevitably crammed into evacuation centers, slowly being deprived of food and comfort as the war against the Maute terrorists, a violent extremist group, wages on.
In this war that has lasted for almost five months now, a home that was built with memories, a family that comforted them in times of pain and frustration, and a livelihood that sustained them throughout the years has been pulverized and what remains are concrete proofs of inhumane destruction.
Different from the life they had before, various people now look to evacuation centers as their shelters. However, these evacuation centers struggle to maintain these IDPs due to their numbers and in turn, these IDPs are deprived of basic human needs; no blankets to keep them warm at night, no water to quench their thirst and no sufficient food to alleviate their hunger. Continue reading “Finding Hope in Desolation”