Category Archives: Creating Sinag Within

INTERRUPTED LIVES IN MARAWI (7): Healing Healers On The Mountain

Nabunturan, Compostella Valley. A huge truck that looks like a sleeping giant under a saris-a tree waits for the thirty of us. How can we all possibly fit? The owners of the jeans and leggings, baseball caps and hijabs who are gathered in a circle beside the truck don’t seem to be bothered at all. […]

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INTERRUPTED LIVES IN MARAWI (5): Medicine To Erase Bad Memories

“I wish I could take medicine that can erase all my memories of the siege,” says one of the survivors. There are many, many more like her who experienced the horrors of evacuating amidst bombings and bullets and are now living in uncertainty. They do not have a home, clothing, food, and work that we […]

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INTERRUPTED LIVES IN MARAWI (3): Movements That Heal The Soul

Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur. Dance music blasts from a loudspeaker in the evacuation center at the edge of Marawi City. Children between five and 15 years old sing and move along to the beat. Nobody among them smiles; they look like robots with blank faces and stiff movements. On stage, a woman speaks into a […]

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INTERRUPTED LIVES IN MARAWI (1); Willing The Possible

Kidapawan to Lanao. It is still dark outside the community health center. Two shiny vans are parked nearby, their drivers chatting to kill time. Inside the vans are bags, herbal medicines, hand towels and cloths, thermoses, a stove, and donated organic food from farmer-friends. These are the meager resources which Creating Sinag Within will bring […]