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SLIDESHOW: The end of ‘temporary’?: Long road home to Marawi

Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2018 01:06 PM | Updated as of May 23 2018 06:31 PM

MARAWI, Lanao del Sur - Twenty-four-square-meter shelters will be the temporary home of around 2,000 families who used to live in the once busiest place of the city now reduced into rubble by the 6-month long siege last year.

But temporary seems endless to most residents, as they wait for at least 3 years while the government works on the reconstruction of the most devastated areas in this lakeside city.

The challenges are many: extreme heat, lack of livelihood and the foul smell that reeks from an exposed canal surrounding the shelters.

Anticipating a longer stay in their respective temporary shelters, bakwits have started to build their own small community prayer spaces, which they say is the heart of a Maranao community.

Amid the depressing state of the displaced Marawi residents, they cling on to family and faith as they await the day they can finally go home.

A blue outpost marks the entrance to the Temporary Shelters in Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter area in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur in this photo taken on May 21, 2018. The government has promised more similar shelters to displaced residents of Marawi City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A couple passes beside the entry into the Sarimanok tent city, also in Marawi City on May 22, 2018. Tent cities like these still dot the landscapes around the lakeside city. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A Maranao woman walks past temporary shelters under construction at the Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter for evacuees on May 21, 2018. Many residents claim that with the price of just one pre-fabricated shelter, the common Maranao can build his own house. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Men work at a local school building at the Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter area in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, May 21, 2018. The government is exploring the possibility of tapping the skills of internally displaced persons as part of the cash-for-work scheme. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A woman grimaces in the heat as she waits near a daily water rationing truck at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi. May 22, 2018. Evacuees constantly complain about irregular water rations in the tent city. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Solaiman, 34, stands with his daughter Janorah, 3, beside their tent at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Transferring from one evacuation center to the next, they found temporary sanctuary in this transitionary city. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A man jogs across a dirt patch as they make level ground under a tent at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi. May 22, 2018. Residents help build a temporary Islamic temple that they can use. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Children play with kites at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

An elderly woman who is suffering from stroke is carried by relatives at the Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter for evacuees from Marawi City, May 21, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Boys play with plastic bottles in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People line up as a water truck arrives at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi City, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A girl tries to fetch water from a drum container at the Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur, May 21, 2018. The containers catch rain water, which can be used for washing. Many residents have to buy drinking water kilometers away, adding to their daily financial burdens. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A young girl carries water containers as she struggles to stay in line at a water faucet at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A boy eats his meal as he looks after his sister at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Some children have to catch up on their reading as school opens in just a few weeks. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

An elder child cares for her smaller sister at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Children have to pitch-in in looking after their siblings. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A lady farmer plants vegetables at the Sagonsongan Temporary Shelter for evacuees from Marawi City, May 21, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A man prays inside a temporary prayer room at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A resident shows pictures of their homes in the most affected areas in Marawi inside their tent at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi City, May 22, 2018. Amid uncertainty, residents expressed frustration by bringing out photos of their homes and telling stories of their homeland. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Children play at a housing frame structure near the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A boy waits for strong wind as they play with their kites at the Sarimanok tent city in Marawi City, May 22, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News