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Marawi’s homeless and scarred

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TWO years since the Marawi conflict, which broke out on May 23, 2017, the supply of potable water remains a concern in some displacement sites, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The humanitarian organization said over 100,000 people from the war-torn city “still do not have a home to return to.” Martin Thalmann, head of the ICRC delegation in the Philippines, said, “Despite the numerous aid efforts that have truly helped those in need over the two years, the people of Marawi have grown tired and frustrated. They want to stand on their own feet again and stop depending on assistance.” On top of continued help for physical survival, Mr. Thalmann stressed the need to address the “invisible scars” by strengthening the public health system in the area of psychosocial support.

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