MULTIMEDIA: Children of Marawi

As schoolchildren from the rest of the country head back to school, children from Marawi City find themselves in an unusual set-up.

Uncertain about when the war will end, over 2,000 of them have been temporarily enrolled in different schools all over the country, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Some of these children have found temporary classrooms at the Pantar Central School in Lanao Del Norte, where they also underwent psychosocial therapy.

During the session, these children showed images of their memories of the ongoing war between the Maute group and government operatives.

Photojournalist Luis Liwanag captured their first day in school.

DepEd announced on May 31 the postponement of the opening of classes in Marawi City for at least two weeks.

The decision, according to a statement, came after consultations with regional officials to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and its employees.

The opening of classes in eight other DepEd districts in Lanao del Sur near Marawi City was also postponed.


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