Sickly and paralyzed, Zohra, together with her family, was trapped in their house for 3 days when the war struck Marawi City. With no way to transport her, they could not leave the place.Their house lies near the schools that were burned by the Maute terrorist group and had to wait for the authorities to help them evacuate.

Zohra new wheelchair

Zohra is being transferred to her new wheelchair.

“There were flags of ISIS that were placed near our house. We were so afraid because we can hear the explosions and we thought that we will die,” Zohra’s daughter, Janisah, recounted in vernacular.

When help arrived, they were ushered to the City Hall of Marawi. But as they were just regaining their energy, one of the Maute Group members went to the Capitol to startle the people. They managed to stay calm and get out of Marawi before dawn.

Zohra new wheelchair

Zohra on her new wheelchair.

Operation Blessing met Zohra and her family in Ubaldo de Laya, Iligan City. They were one of the families who received hygiene kits and relief goods.

Zohra also received a wheelchair, which gave hope and joy to her and her family.

Zohra's wheelchair

Zohra sitting on her new wheelchair.

Though they do not have any news about their homeland yet, they are still hopeful and prayerful that their needs will be provided.

OB plans to further help the evacuees by looking at possible livelihood opportunities. Can you partner with us in this?