International Committee of the Red Cross

Life in ruins: Marawi conflict, one year on

Photo gallery 23 May 2018

On 23 May 2017, armed clashes broke out in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province, southern Philippines. What many residents thought were brief clashes between government troops and IS Ranao fighters turned out to be a highly destructive urban conflict that lasted five months. More than 300,000 people fled their homes and lived in displacement during this period.

While some families have started rebuilding their lives, an estimated 230,000 people remain displaced to date – including residents of the main affected area. Many were separated from their families and are still looking for their loved ones who went missing. 

These people tell stories of faith, struggle, pain and hope, but also of the astonishing resilience of the victims of the Marawi conflict.

We remain committed to supporting those who fled the fighting, and to do more by addressing gaps in the overall early recovery response in coordination with the authorities and other aid organizations.