Diocese of Iligan expresses concern over ‘donor fatigue’, asks for more prayers for Marawi residents

MANILA-- The Diocese of Iligan expressed concern over the possible "donor fatigue" that might affect families and individuals displaced by the conflict in Marawi City.

With this, Iligan Diocese Social Action Center coordinator Fe Salimbangon urged the public to pray that these people will not face a bigger problem once the crisis has ended.

"Please pray for us because after this (crisis), there will be a deeper problem," she said in an interview over over Church-run Radio Veritas.

Salimbangon added, "There are donors. But after donating, there could be no more because of donors' fatigue. That is our concern now."

She noted that those who flee Marawi still need assistance, specifically food supplies.

"The nutrition of those in the evacuation centers is a concern because they have means to cook, pots, and uncooked rice but they don't have viands," the official of the Iligan diocese said.

Salimbangon added that the evacuees would also need help once they return to their residences, such as rebuilding their homes that were destroyed by the clashes.

Over 200,000 people that have been displaced by the clashes in Marawi, according to reports.

Meanwhile, the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines asked all camps nationwide to offer prayers for the members of government troops that were killed and injured as well as those still fighting Marawi City.

In a circular letter, Military Ordinariate Spokesman and Chancellor Fr. Harley Flores, said they are asking prayers from members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Bureau of Fire and Protection.

This is just to express our sympathy and condolence to our fallen heroes in Marawi," he said.

Aside from praying for those who died, Flores said they called on uniformed men and women to pray for peace in the country.

The ongoing clashes have killed 134 Maute members, 39 soldiers and policemen, and 20 civilians.

Source: Philippines News Agency