The ruins of Marawi

Hannah Reyes Morales

In the ruins of Marawi, time feels like it is standing still. It has been more than a year since the Philippine military declared the Muslim-majority city of Marawi “liberated” from ISIS-linked militants.
But the ravaged city is still waiting for billions in promised infrastructure and aid to arrive.
Over a hundred thousand people remain displaced, and analysts say that militants are returning to the area, preying on growing frustration with the government in maintaining stability.

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