A few thousand people walked past burned homes on Friday to the city landmark, the pockmarked Golden Mosque
Marawi: Muslim residents of a southern Philippine city devastated by last year’s bloody militant siege are celebrating Eid Al Fitr in gunfire-riddled mosques while many whose homes were leveled by the fighting prayed in tent shelters.
A few thousand people walked past burned homes on Friday to the city landmark, the pockmarked Golden Mosque, to celebrate the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In an evacuation centre elsewhere in the lakeside city, homeless residents prayed in the open for an end to their misery.
The holiday is a reminder of how life has crept back to normalcy for thousands who have returned home, but also of uncertainties for many others months after troops quelled the five-month insurrection by Daesh-aligned fighters.