Soldiers move from one street corner to the next supported by a Simba-armored personnel carrier along the streets of Marawi City.

Sniper teams move towards the line from the 103rd Brigade headquarters in Camp Ranao in Marawi City.

Soldiers maneuver across the streets of Marawi City

Residents take whatever means of transportation they could to get out of the on going battle in Marawi City.

Police personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Company search vehicles passing the checkpoint along the bridge in Pawak in the town of Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.

Police personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Company search vehicles passing the checkpoint along the bridge in Pawak in the town of Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.

Displaced Maranaos move towards the vehicle of the International Red Cross, which can transport them out of Marawi City to an evacuation center in Lanao del Norte.

Displaced by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, residents stay at a designated evacuation center in the town of Balo-i in Lanao del Norte.

A mother fans her child to relieve the heat inside the evacuation center in Maria Cristina, Iligan City.

Evacuees endure the heat inside the Gomampong D. Ali Cultural Center in Balo-i town, Lanao del Norte.

Marawi: A city in crisis

Marawi, a city of over 200,000 people, that lies on the shores of the placid Lake Lanao was transformed into a battleground after a botched raid by the military to capture Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon. This led to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law on May 23.

Tens of thousands were forced to flee Marawi, as bombs fell from the sky when the Philippine Air Force bombarded the city targeting houses where the Maute members are suspected to be hiding.

Photojournalist Erwin Mascarinas captured the panic, fear, grief and yes, a little smile, of the people of Marawi.

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