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Muslim group promises protection for Marawi

MANILA (AsiaNews): The largest resistance group in Mindanao, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, has promised to provide security for a resettlement programme organised by the Church for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the siege of the city of Marawi.
 
The Church initiative dubbed The Marawi Rehabilitation Programme will be carried out in 13 coastal communities in the area of the now devastated only Islamic majority city in The Philippines.
 

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Rise Marawi, Rise!

Finally, the siege in Marawi has ended and the city has been declared liberated from the terrorist group.
 
During the quite long months of the siege, the people of Marawi have suffered tragically and painfully. They are now displaced, hungry, wounded, frightened and stressed physically and emotionally.
 








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City ruined but terrorism lives

MARAWI (UCAN): The news that the five-month siege of Marawi City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has finally been declared over has been welcomed widely by people affected by the on-going violence, with Bishop Edwin de la Peña calling it a signal to start rebuilding of the predominantly Muslim city.
 
“Thank God,” the bishop said. “We can now return to peace and order in the city, in the entire Mindanao, and the whole country. Praise be to God.”
 

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Funding from Saudi and distorted Islam springboard for Marawi siege

On May 23 this year, Marawi City in the southern Philippines was put under siege by a Muslim jihadi group known as the Maute that has pledged its loyalty to the rebellion of the Islamic State.
 
Over 1,000 people have died in the subsequent five months, the vast majority of them Muslims from Marawi.
 
The complete population of the majority Muslim city has fled and the Maute wrote on a jihadist website, “If you can’t reach Syria, go to The Philippines!”
 








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Marawi cathedral can be a sign of hope

MANILA (UCAN): Caritas Philippines has launched an appeal for the restoration of the destroyed St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi, which was the first building to be attacked by the Maute Group when its militia took over the city on May 23 this year.
 
Father Edwin Gariguez, the secretary of Caritas in Manila, is placing a high importance on the restoration of the cathedral, as it is an important Catholic symbol in the predominately Muslim city on the southern island of Mindanao.
 

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Kidnapped Marawi priest rescued

MANILA (SE): “I am physically strong and sound,” CNS reported Father Chito Soganob as telling a press conference at military headsquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Manila, The Philippines, on September 18 as day after news of his rescue from captivity in Marawi broke.
 
Father Soganob, the vicar general of Marawi, had been held captive by Islamic State-inspired Maute group since conflict erupted in the city on May 23. 
 

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Birthday as a hostage

MANILA (SE): The fate of Father Chito Soganub, who along with several dozen others from his parish and teachers and students from a nearby school, was kidnapped in the first move of the Maute Group in taking over the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines on May 23, is still unknown.
 

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Marawi residents call for control of their city

MANILA (SE): People who have been forced to flee the besieged city of Marawi took to the streets of Manila at the end of August in protest against the imposition of martial law in their island of Mindanao and demanded that the national government pull its head out of their governance affairs.
 
Muslim Mindanao has long been pushing for the right of self-determination and the people want to have the last say in how the rehabilitation of their mostly destroyed city is managed.
 

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Around the Traps

 
Get political
DHAKA (UCAN): “Now, the signs of the times demand that Christians need active political engagement to serve the community and the nation better,” Patrick Cardinal D’Rozario, the archbishop of Dhaka, said on July 17.
 

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Yet another call of War never again!

MANILA (SE): Once more we have a war and once more we hear the cry of War, never again! this time from the bishops of The Philippines as they reflect on the siege in Marawi at their plenary gathering at the Pius XII Centre in Manila from July to 8 to 10.
 
This time their cry is, “War in Marawi, never again!” but as they go on to call for a return to normalcy, many people in the beleaguered island of Mindanao wonder whether war and violence that has been their way for decades has become the normal of the day.
 

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