Marawi Siege Survivors seek peace

On the sixth anniversary of the Marawi Siege yesterday, survivors and internally displaced persons, or IDPs, called for justice, peace, and a safe and dignified return to their homes.

The siege, which lasted for five months in 2017, displaced over 300,000 people. While some have been able to return to their homes, many have remained displaced.

In a statement, the Marawi Siege Survivors and IDPs Network said that they are still waiting for justice for the victims of the siege. They also called for the government to address the root causes of the conflict.

“We have been displaced for six years now,” the statement said. “We have lost our homes, our livelihoods, and our loved ones. We are tired of living in limbo. We want to go home.”

The network also called for the government to be more transparent in its rehabilitation efforts. They said that they are concerned that the government is not doing enough to help the IDPs return to their homes.


The siege resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people, including civilians, soldiers and militants.


“We want to know where our money is going,” the statement said. “We want to know that our homes are being rebuilt properly. We want to know that our children will have a safe place to go to school.”

The Marawi Siege was a

five-month armed conflict that took place from 23 May to 23 October 2017 when the terror group Maute affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, attacked the city.

The Maute group first attacked the city’s police headquarters and the Mindanao State University. The militants quickly took control of large parts of the city, and the Philippine government responded by declaring martial law on the entire island of Mindanao.

The siege resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 people, including civilians, soldiers and militants. The conflict also caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure and buildings.

The conflict has left a lasting legacy of trauma and displacement in Marawi City. Nonetheless, the Marawi Siege is considered by security experts a major turning point in the Philippine government’s fight against terrorism.

The conflict showed the extent of the threat posed by ISIS-affiliated groups in the Philippines, and it led to a renewed focus on counterterrorism efforts.

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