Photo by: JM Mauna

A teacher from Mindanao State University (MSU) shared her experience being one of the captives of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group (MG)

            “It is an incident that Marawi siege is not worth remembering because it pains, however it also brought a lot of self realization” said by one of the twenty-five hostages that undergo to the  first batch of Hilom Program of Duyog Marawi.

            Hilom program is a joint project of Duyog Marawi and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro Integrative Wellness Center, in cooperation with DSAC Iligan.

            The project was composed of three-days activities. The first day was focused in their medical check-up and physical therapy , on the second day, counselling-processing and cognitive behavior therapy were the focused of the program and in the last day, a mass ceremony was done headed by Bishop Edwin Dela Peña.

            With trembling voice, a teacher from Mindanao State University (MSU) shared her experience being one of the captives of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group (MG), “I thought that thing will not take that long, we have been captives for four and half months, we were taken from the church (St. Mary’s Cathedral), we were six, it composed of 2 altar boys, 3 parishioners and 1 priest. We ran for our lives, parang takot na kami sa sounds ng plane (we’re afraid to the sound of the plane). It is difficult for military to penetrate dahil di nila alam ang lugar” (because they do not know the place).

            But even they have been captives of the Maute Group their faith has never been faded, they are now in a process of recovery, despite of all what happen to them they are now more resilient.

            “After the incident, what I realized is that, when there is despair there’s hope, when there is sadness there’s joy and when there is darkness there’s light. For us Marawi siege is a nightmare that we should not remember for the rest of our lives” she also added. (JM MAUNA)