Muslims lend Christians hijabs to help them escape Isis in disguise
Terrified Christians are escaping Isis militants in the Filipino town of Marawi by wearing hijabs borrowed from Muslims. There are around 1,500 people trapped in the besieged Filipino city, which is about 60 miles south of Cagayan de Oro.
Almost 100 people have escaped on foot, while others have swum across the river. Medics tending those who have made their way out alive recounted the resourcefulness of those who fled.
“Some of the stories that stuck were Muslims helping protect Christian workers by letting them borrow a hijab,” said Dr Gioia Ancheta, head of the psychosocial therapy team. .
The civilians face starvation, being held as human shields and are also under attack from bombing assaults by the military who are trying to oust the jihadists. .
There are reports that some local residents are so hungry they had “started to eat their blankets”, according to local politician Zia Alonto Adiong, who is managing the relief and rescue efforts. “Some residents are eating (cardboard) boxes. .
They just dip it in water to soften the material and eat it,” he said. Islamic militants stormed Marawithree weeks ago, leaving 290 people dead, including 205 Isis fighters, 58 soldiers and 26 civilians. .
Mr Adiong said that residents reported seeing terrible carnage left by the fighting. “Dead bodies, at least 100, scattered around the encounter area,” he said.