TOKYO-2018 Editorial / Conflict

Longing In Marawi

  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial/Conflict
  • Photographer
    Ramin Hashempour
  • Photo Date

In May 2017, Marawi City in southern Philippines, experienced its deadliest urban armed conflict. The conflict caused more than 300,000 people to flee their homes and around 1,000 people – fighters and civilians – lost their lives. Many people were separated from loved ones, some of whom remain missing to date. It’s been a year since the crisis began but around 230,000 people remain displaced and are in need of humanitarian aid. Behind each number lies a story of prolonged suffering.The daily life of internally displace people, locally called “bakwit” (evacuee), is dominated by longing.