After a month of fighting, the Marawi siege continue to its second month with casualties piling up and civilian misery unabated. Marawi is an 87 square kilometer of 200,000+ inhabitants, not as big as Iligan nor as prosperous, but it is home to the Mindanao State University, primary muslim college in the Philippines and the picturesque Lake Lanao.
Lake Lanao in Marawi City
Local governments report a total of 180,000+ civilians now evacuated out of the city and are facing bleak conditions in Iligan city and other local points in Mindanao and Visayas. 82 government soldiers are killed in action, while 317 members of the Maute group are dead. 122 civilians are dead, including 60 who died in evacuation centers of disease. Isnilon Hapilon the commander of the Maute group remains at large and appeared prepared to negotiate exchange of captives for his family’s safety.