Beginning Fasting with a Simple Suhoor in Temporary Shelters

Herman and Aan’s suhoor dish is quite simple. Since living in a temporary shelter, it is hard to meet their food needs because of the difficulty to get a job while their rice field and garden were buried by the landslide.

Herman with Aan eat suhoor before their fasting at a temporary shelter in Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya District, Tuesday (27/4/2021). (ACTNews / Yudha Hadisana)
Herman with Aan eat suhoor before their fasting at a temporary shelter in Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya District, Tuesday (27/4/2021). (ACTNews / Yudha Hadisana)

ACTNews, BOGOR DISTRICT– To start the fast, Herman ate suhoor with an omelette, chili sauce, fresh vegetables, and perkedel. This time is the second suhoor during his stay in the shelter. 

Herman together with his wife and children moved to the shelter after their house was buried by a landslide. The disaster hit their home in Pasar Eurih Village, Sukajaya District, Bogor Regency in early 2020.

"It's all gone, including my rice fields and garden. In the past, the side dishes were picked from our garden. Now, we don’t have it. It is difficult to get banana leaves and sweet potato leaves, so we eat with any side dish available in the kitchen," said Herman when met on Tuesday (27/4/2021).

Unemployment is a scourge for the survivors because of limited job opportunities. Herman has experienced it. According to Aan, Herman’s wife, because they don’t have a job, it is difficult for them to fulfill the family’s needs.

“I work odd jobs, mostly as a construction worker but I have been unemployed for 15 days. We eat from the staple foods that we received before the fasting month,” said Herman. 

Luckily before Ramadan, they got some eggs from the village officials. However, their supplies of eggs are running low. “We need staple food because we don't have rice fields anymore. If we had a rice field, we would never buy rice. Now, if nobody gives us money, we cannot buy rice,” added Aan.

This Ramadan, the locals admitted that they had not received any assistance. Hence, Herman’s family was grateful when ACT West Bogor distributed hundreds of Waqf Rice packages and Waqf Drinking Water to the disaster survivors in Cileuksa through the Ramadan Food Alms Movement.

Herman and Aan hoped to get a Ramadan blessing for their family. “Hopefully, this Ramadan is full of blessings and that Allah will give us patience, faith, health, and abundant sustenance,” Herman prayed.[]