BUKIDNON CITY, November 17, 2017—Twenty-five former hostages of the Maute group have started their road to healing and recovery with the help various groups.

Duyog Marawi spearheaded the initiative in collaboration with the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) of the Diocese of Ilagan and the Integrative Wellness Center ofthe Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

Marawi Bishop Edwin Dela Peña was quoted as saying, “ito and pangunahing programa ng Duyog Marawi para matulungan ang mga naging bihag ng mga terorista na mapawi ang kanilang takot at pangamba sa masasamang karanasan ng digmaan” (This is the main program of Duyog Marawi that aims to help the hostage victims of terrorists so as to relieve them of their fear and traumatic experiences during the war.)

There are 19 men and 6 women among the hostage victims and 21 of them are married.

The victims shared their traumatic experiences during their healing sessions.

“After the incident, what I realized is that when there is despair there’s hope, when there’s sadness there’s joy and when there is darkness there’s light,” said one of the victims quoting the famous prayer of St. Francis.

Initially, the program takes about three days of medical check-up, physical therapy, counseling and cognitive behaviour therapy, among others.

Dubbed as the Medical and Post-Trauma Stress-Disorcer (PTSD) Prevention and Care Mission, the program is conducted by one surgeon, one naturopath doctor, one traditional healer and one psychologiest.

The team is headed by Fr. Nono Reteracion. (JM Mauna/Duyog Marawi News)