Interfaith dialogues continue to see Marawi rebuilt

June 11, 2019 // Leave a Comment

The interfaith dialogue among Christian and Muslim religious leaders continue and became a sort of “in-depth kamustahan after Marawi siege.”

Religious leaders wore smiles on their faces when they met, despite the heavy issues to delve “to see Marawi rebuilt.”

They sorted all updates on the impact of anti-terrorism offensive action on civilian lives and properties within the 24-barangays of the city.

They leveled-off understanding and were updated on government efforts and private or civil society sectors doing humanitarian action to outline a collective agenda from the religious sector’s perspective.

They also shared their respective reflections.

“This must unite the Muslims and non-Muslim leaders  in helping the affected families. Although the damages were already there and Marawi is already broke but still the Almighty will guide us to start a new life with new hope,” said an imam.

“What happened in Marawi City is a reminder to all of us to be accountable on our acts, to be vigilant so that we cannot be attacked again, and to be wise in selecting leaders,” said another Muslim leader.

The religious leaders gathering was hosted at Maradeca session hall, Ragayan, Marantao, Lanao del Sur on September 18, 2018. They continued their discourses in their respective served communities based on their capacities as influential religious leaders in their mosques and churches.

Marawi has been an inspiring community doing interfaith dialogue and have actively supported the Bishop-Ulamah Conference (BUC) to bridge relational gaps and developed interfaith understanding to discourage religious biases and prejudices.

To date,  Tabang Marawi, a Cagayan de Oro-based Christian humanitarian group, has been helping internally displaced Muslims and Christian residents in Marawi who were relocated in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. They’re acting within the context of inter-religious compassion and dialogues.

The group also assisted 100 Christian residents from Marawi who have also totally lost their homes. “They were either teachers of schools and workers for Maranao families in the city,” a source said.

Tabang Marawi also provided humanitarian supports for 9,000 Maranao IDPs who are temporarily staying with their relatives in Cagayan de Oro.

Father Chito Soganub, one of the hostages who survived the war in Marawi, has also continued his religious services along with his interfaith friends. He had his recent “iftar” too in Muslim community in Lanao del Norte who are pro-actively pursuing the national peace agenda and working to increase social cohesion with Christian coastal neighbors.

Duyog Marawi, a Christian humanitarian group, also implemented humanitarian action and advocacy for the rights of the internally displaced peoples in Marawi. They also provided relief goods and psychosocial services.

In a Duyog Ramadhan, humanitarian volunteers of Duyog Marawi and Tabang Marawi joined with diverse Muslims and interfaith groups  in a community action to commemorate the second year of Marawi siege on May 23.

They too listened on the woes and  had expressed grief over civilians who died and were buried unnamed in Makhbara public cemetery. (Farhana S. Arimao)

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