Young Muslim Leaders calls for sustained Humanitarian Intervention for IDPs in Marawi

COTABATO City – The Alumni of the Congressional Internship Program for Young Muslim Leaders (CIPYML) in Cotabato City called for a further humanitarian intervention in Marawi City during their “Run for Marawi” activity held inside the ARMM ORG compound, Cotabato City on Saturday, September 2. 

The group also called for an immediate resolution of the crisis to pave way for the eventual return of Marawi evacuees back home.

If recalled an estimated 200, 000 local residents were displaced after a combined band of Abu Sayaff Group and ISIS-inspired Maute terror group stormed and occupied the City of Marawi. These Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are currently settled inside at least nine identified evacuation camps at adjacent municipalities of Lanao Sur and Lanao Norte as heavy firefights between elements of the terror group and government forces continuously ensue to the present.

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte prompted to declare Martial Law in the entire Mindanao to swiftly crush the local ISIS group that still holed up inside Marawi for more than 100 days since May 23. 

The continuous aerial bombings of ASG-MAUTE terror group positions within the city by the military have razed Marawi to the ground, as the evacuees still languish inside those evacuation centers whose daily survival mainly rests upon relief assistance.

Datu Ali Al-Moro, alumnus of CIPYML said “the alumni have thought of taking a contributory part in the Marawi intervention raging from provision of basic relief assistance to advocacy in the policy level.”

“All alumni during their respective cohorts had made sojourns in Marawi with MSU as the educational training ground for such specialized academic initiation in preparation for the internship in congress, they were also exposed, on the other hand, both to the basics and dynamics of legislation”, he said. 

These Mindanaon young leaders and professionals were given hands on exposures to legislation and policy-formulation in the House of Representatives. The program had catered 14 batches of Mindanaon young leaders and was able to produce 326 alumni from 2003 until 2013.