Muslims in Marawi City are risking their lives to help their Christian friends and neighbors escape the city after it was seized by the ISIS-linked Maute terrorist group.
Here are a few examples:
• A Muslim storeowner refused to evacuate the city with his family, in fear that his Christian employees would be slaughtered at the terrorist-manned checkpoint.
• Muslim students helped Christian classmates escape the city by hiding them in Muslim garb and teaching them Muslim prayers.
• Well-known politician Norodin Alonto Lucman hid over 50 Christians in his home during a shootout.
• Over 160 civilians walked out of the city on June 3rd, with Muslims letting Christians borrow hijabs to pass through checkpoints.
Marawi is the largest city on Lanao del Sur, a province on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It is widely regarded as the most progressive Muslim city in the nation.
The Maute terrorist group, an armed organization that has pledged allegiance to ISIS, took control of Marawi in May and began kidnapping and killing Christians. They vowed to burn the city to the ground during the month of Ramadan.
As part of its counter-offensive, the Filipino government has cordoned off the entire city in a desperate attempt to catch Maute leader Isnilon Totoni Hapilon.
Meanwhile, Filipino soldiers have managed to recapture areas of Marawi from the Maute militants and to take down the feared flags that have been on display on rooftops and buildings.
A handful of terrorists have been caught at military checkpoints. At least 120 militants and 20 civilians have been killed. Over 90% of the city’s residents have fled.
“While the Maute Group tried to exploit the Christian-Muslim divide in order to advance their own, and that of US economic agenda, the population has instead shown that it’s a battle between terror and humanity,” reports Covert Geopolitics.
“This is a good story of Muslim-Christian unity worth sharing to the whole world,” said Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr.