The minaret of Marawi’s largest mosque, in an area that was once a thriving commercial hub. Officials say the mosque will have to be demolished and rebuilt from scratch. When The Straits Times visited the area two weeks ago, the smell of war – a mixture of odours from rubbish, decay and death – was still lingering in the air.PHOTO: CRISTINA MENINA FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
One year after militants occupied Marawi city, its residents are slowly rebuilding
In just one year, Ms Sohailah Usman lost everything – her large, two-storey house and an assortment of small businesses she used to run in this city.
The district where her home once stood is now called “ground zero”.
Ironic. That is how Sultan Abdul Hamidullah Atar described the planned rehabilitation of Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur province on the Philippine island of Mindanao, a year after the Maute Group, also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, launched an attack on the city on May 23.
The five-month battle that followed claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people and displaced 360,000 others.