Ali Usman Buyog, 70, in his tailoring shop along the road leading to Marawi City, last April. Buyog lives with his wife and 17 children in a temporary settlement site in Brgy. Bito Buadi Itowa, near the borders of Marawi and Saguiaran. He has been making traditional Maranao dresses for 40 years, and continues to do so even after being displaced by the conflict that destroyed part of his home town. He rents 2 sewing machines for 500 a month each, and a shop space for 300 a month so he can continue earning for his family.
It has been seven months since Marawi's liberation, and almost a year since the five-month conflict began. But plans for its citizens and rebuilding are still uncertain. .
Residents were allowed to visit their homes for three days on April, only to find these either damaged, looted, or burned. Many want to rebuild their homes on their own but can’t, as the Philippine government recently reiterated that the original city’s total area is a military reserve. .
Last photo: four of Usman’s 17 children
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