The Survivors

In May 2017, ISIS-affiliated groups took over the city of Marawi in the Philippines. The five-month-long battle between ISIS and the Philippines government security forces that followed became the longest urban battle in the modern history of the country. During the siege, ISIS-fighters destroyed St Mary’s Cathedral where Father Chito Soganub preached. He was kidnapped and held hostage for several months, forced to produce bombs for rebel groups and watch the bloody battle as it developed around him. Now, two years on, ExtremeLives went to the Most Affected Areas of Marawi City to hear the stories of survivors - and perpetrators - of violence.

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