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Philippines drug war victims taking refuge in faith

Some of the most vulnerable in the Philippines have turned to religion in the uncertainty of Duterte’s drug war and there are signs that the Catholic church is starting to voice its opposition to the crackdown.

Easter celebrations this year are taking on a special significance for families caught up in President Rodrigo Duterte‘s crackdown on illegal drugs.

Fifteen family members gather in a solemn ceremony. They are widows and orphans of the so-called “drug war”.

They come from the poorest sector of society and they say their faith has become their refuge at a time of great uncertainty.

Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports from Manila.