Weaving brings solace to mothers of Marawi

MARAWI CITY, LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines --- The cold morning mist near the tent city of Marawi, home to thousands of displaced people from the siege two years ago, brings a new beginning for Soraida Bato, 46, a weaver and mother of three. What she feels will shape her design for a meter-long handwoven cloth, put to life by 12 colorful threads, sans black. "Black brings back our painful past from the terror group Isis," she said, referring to the Islamic State (IS)-inspired militants who took over sections of this predominantly Muslim city in 2017, triggering five months of fighting that reduced Marawi to rubble. "I'm afraid the siege also killed our sense of history (reflect...

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