Displaced residents of Marawi city rest in an evacuation center in Balo-i township, Lanao del Norte province on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. AP/Bullit Marquez, file
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Marawi City, situated in the northwest-central Mindanao, was a peaceful Islamic community until the afternoon of May 23, 2017. The day signaled the siege raged by militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups against the Philippine government forces. It would be later known as the Battle of Marawi, a five-month long armed conflict that would be remembered as the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.
On October 23, 2017, the government finally declared control over Marawi City, with some areas still subject to military operations against the Maute terrorist group. Damage and needs assessments in areas cleared by the military, including evacuation centers, have already been drawn. However, areas heavily affected by conflict remain inaccessible.
After almost five months of relentless battle, the Marawi siege has displaced 78,466 families and has affected 86,772 school children. The damage caused to properties and infrastructures was estimated at 20 billion pesos.
Given the extent of damage and the number of people affected by the armed conflict, collective action shall focus on the early recovery, rehabilitation, and peace-building efforts in Marawi City.
Come May 15, our Muslim brothers and sisters will be celebrating Ramadan or the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food and liquids. With that, people in evacuation camps will be needing about triple the amount of water compared to their current consumption. Based on government data, about 50 liters per day per person will be needed during Ramadan while at present, only 10-20 liters are being serviced.
PDRF, together with its partners Maynilad and Manila Water, aims to provide water to address the needs of the evacuees in light of Ramadan. The money you will be donating will be used for the procurement and delivery of potable water and filtration systems, and delivery of water tanks to areas that cannot be accessed by the government.
As we embark on the long journey to help Marawi recover, there is still an incredible amount of work to be done. In these challenging times, we are devoted to help affected communities regain a sense of normality in their day-to-day lives and most importantly, a life of peace and prosperity.
To this end, we enjoin you to embark on our efforts to rebuild Marawi — for its people, for our nation, for the future.