UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News


Displaced Marawi families given meat for Eid

Islamic Relief distributes beef even to non-Muslims in war-torn Philippine region

Bong Sarmiento, Cotabato

Bong Sarmiento, Cotabato

Updated: August 23, 2018 06:36 AM GMT
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Displaced Marawi families given meat for Eid

Meat is prepared for distribution to families affected by last year's war in the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines. Islamic Relief led the effort to mark the observance of Eid al-Adha on Aug. 22. (Photo courtesy of Islamic Relief)  

Share this article :
An international relief organization distributed meat to displaced families in war-torn Marawi in the southern Philippines to mark the observance of Eid al-Adha or "Feast of the Sacrifice" on Aug. 22.

Islamic Relief Worldwide gave meat to 1,800 families from 44 cows that the organization bought and slaughtered for the occasion.

Maryann Zamora, spokeswoman for the group in the Philippines, said the animals were slaughtered to commemorate the willingness of the Prophet Abraham to sacrifice even his son to God.

At least 3,870 kilograms of meat were distributed to families who continue to live in temporary shelters on the outskirts of Marawi.

Omar Rahaman, head of mission of Islamic Relief in the country, expressed hope that the gift would bring hope to victims of the conflict. "[We also hope] that this will remind everyone to renew their faith in Allah, just like the Prophet Abraham did," he said.

Although most of the displaced families are Muslims, Rahaman said even non-Muslim families displaced by last year's five-month war also received meat.

Catholics in the predominantly Muslim city have vowed to help affected communities through the prelature's social action program.

"We remain one with the people of Marawi in their hopes and desires to begin the long journey toward recovering and rebuilding their city and the essential tasks of healing, reconciliation and peace building," said Bishop Edwin dela Pena of Marawi.

The prelate said Catholics "are here to support and accompany displaced people all the way."

Thousands of people continue to live in temporary shelters around Marawi nine months after government troops drove out Islamic State-inspired fighters from the city.

Families who returned to their homes also faced challenges in rebuilding their houses.

Mark Bidder, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said it is "still a long road ahead."

He said the "humanitarian consequences" of the conflict are expected to extend beyond 2018, noting that the government still has to complete its rehabilitation and reconstruction plan for the city.

Bidder said people need decent employment and sustainable livelihoods that can stabilize their income, enhance security and initiate long-term socioeconomic recovery.

The government earlier announced that about US$1.5 billion is needed for the reconstruction and rehabilitation, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Support UCA News...

As 2020 unfolds, we are asking readers like you to help us keep Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News) free so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at no cost.

That has been our policy for years and was made possible by donations from European Catholic funding agencies. However, like the Church in Europe, these agencies are in decline and the immediate and urgent claims on their funds for humanitarian emergencies in Africa and parts of Asia mean there is much less to distribute than there was even a decade ago.

Forty years ago, when UCA News was founded, Asia was a very different place - many poor and underdeveloped countries with large populations to feed, political instability and economies too often poised on the edge of collapse. Today, Asia is the economic engine room of the world and funding agencies quite rightly look to UCA News to do more to fund itself.

UCA News has a unique product developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes. Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to - South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.

And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters that cover 22 countries and experienced native English-speaking editors to render stories that are informative, informed and perceptive.

We report from the ground where other news services simply can't or won't go. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don't have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.

With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.

Click here to find out the ways you can support UCA News. You can make a difference for as little as US$5...
UCAN Donate
UCA Newsletter
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution