Helping families celebrate Eid

This year, over 800,000 Rohingya witnessed Eid-Ul-Adha in Bangladesh. Eid is very important to the Rohingyas as well since the majority of them are Muslims. After a year since the influx, most of them now have the bare minimum such as a shelter, but celebrating an important occasion like Eid is still far beyond their means. We reached out to as many as we could to make them feel included in the festivities and celebrate Eid this year by providing them with Qurbani meat.

We successfully delivered Qurbani meat to 340 people many of whom hadn’t eaten meat for a long time, and they were able to celebrate the Eid festival.

Tayba’s Story with Celebrating Eid

Tayba lives with her five month old daughter and took refuge in a camp with her aunt who has a disabled son, after Tayba’s husband was killed by the Myanmar Army.

The women take care of the children, with the support of projects within the camp. Tayba, who is 30, says that being able to get meat is rare.

“Actually, I do not think of meat here. This is enough for me that my aunt kept us, feeding us twice a day. I do not remember when I last ate meat. Besides, we have no money in our hands to buy meat. It’s enough that we are surviving.”

She received 2kg of meat under the Qurbani programme. It was, she says, a ‘blessing’.

“I used to celebrate Eid in my country since it was a very happy occasion. The meat you give us is a blessing which we never thought we could eat again. After so many days, we had our meal with delicious meat. I feel happy that my aunt and my helpless cousin were also able to enjoy alongside me.

“Thank you very much for being kind to us.”

Arafa Hatun’s Story with Celebrating Eid

The Waqf-funded project also helped 35 year-old Arafa Hatun and her family celebrate Eid-al-Adha. While Arafa’s husband works as a volunteer or sometimes receives a very meagre wage, there is little opportunity to make a real income.

With four children under the age of 10, the family have to rely on food from one of the supporting organisations. Thus, they have no choice over the type of meals they have – and there is no meat available inside the camp.

“Last August we came to Bangladesh. For the last 12 months, we could not eat rice with any type of meat. Vegetables, pulses and sometimes eggs in our food list.

“I cannot say what problems we will face due to lack of meat but meat is a delicious food and everyone in my family likes to eat meat. In the camp, nobody provides us any kind of meat.”

Arafa and her family celebrated Eid-al-Adha every year, but last year was the first time they had no meat to eat.  This year, Arafa explains, she was anxious and uncertain about what would happen again.

“We are Muslim. Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Adha every year in a festive manner. We would have sacrificed an animal with our own ability every year.

“We could not eat any kind of meat in the last one year. My kids did not even get the chance. But you may know, meat is the favourite food for all of us. This one packet of meat provided by you is a blessing for my children. We got the opportunity to eat two meals with this meat.

“You have given us shelter, sharing the Eid festival with us. We are grateful to you for showing such sympathies.”

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