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Marawi bishop warns of psychological trauma for refugees

Those who fled homes in southern Philippine conflict face returning to destroyed homes, he says

Marawi bishop warns of psychological trauma for refugees

Bishop Edwin de la Pena of Marawi appeals for psychological help for people affected by the terrorist attack. (Photo by Karl Romano)


July 13, 2017

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The Catholic bishop in the besieged city of Marawi in the southern Philippines said affected residents need psychological help aside from material aid to rebuild their homes and communities.

"We cannot just simply talk of rebuilding structures but rebuilding the persons affected because of the disruptions in their lives," said Bishop Edwin de la Pena of Marawi.

The prelate said he expects people to be doubly traumatized when they see that they have no homes to go back to.

"It would be more painful to return," said the prelate whose residence was burned by terrorist gunmen during the first day of the attack on May 23.

Bishop De la Pena also expressed concern over the safety of Christians, including a Catholic priest, who were taken hostage by the gunmen.




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