“Let Us Go Home”: Slow Marawi Rehab Prolongs Displaced Residents’ Agony
A year since the city was liberated from Islamic State-inspired Maute Group, Marawi's ground zero has become almost a ghost town. Only a few soldiers occasionally patrol its streets day and night. Residents in this part of the city cannot return home just yet. The closest that they can get is by passing through a road temporarily opened to divert traffic. For displaced residents like Joari Pacasum, having a glimpse of their destroyed houses through the windows of their vehicles is like their dream to return home, so near yet so far.