Blessings of Eid-ul-Adha Amidst the Poverty in Somalia

In Baidoa, Somalia, poverty is a major problem. IDPs who dominate the city admitted that they usually celebrate the Eid-ul-Adha with only nuts and vegetables. In Iduladha 2018, fortunately, large pieces of qurbani meat filled their small kitchens.

Blessings of Eid-ul-Adha Amidst the Poverty in Somalia' photo

ACTNews, BAIDOA – In Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa, the condition remains unchanged. Poverty, conflict tensions, and hundreds of thousands of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) still plague almost all regions of Somalia.

It was a day after Eid-ul-Adha 1439 AH when Global Qurban team arrived to bring back the blessing of Eid-ul-Adha from Indonesia. Departing from Mogadishu, the team traveled far to the dusty IDPs camps a remote area of Somalia. It was Baidoa, an important city in Bay Province, where the majority of the population are internally displaced persons.

In Baidoa, poverty also became a major problem. The camps in Baidoa were only made of tarpaulins supported by mere tree branches, not to mention the arid condition and strong gusts of wind that carried dust everywhere, making it difficult for the IDPs to breathe.

For thousands of refugees in Baidoa, approximately 300 heads of cattle were slaughtered. The meat was distributed to four refugee camps on four different sides of Baidoa: Oomane, Xannanol, Towfiq, and Wasiila.

Looking back at the Global Qurban distribution in Somalia a year ago, each refugee camp had the same grim story. Many admitted to celebrate the Eid al-Adha with anything they had. Nuts and vegetables are the easiest food items to get because they are affordable, and even just one or two pieces of meat is a luxury for the IDPs in Baidoa.

"Being able to buy a piece of meat without having a job in Baidoa is impossible. But today we are happy that there’s qurbani meat from the people of Indonesia. Please convey our greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Indonesia. May they enter Jannah, "said Khadija (40), a mother from Camp Oomane.

Between Indonesia and Somalia

Through Global Qurban, the bond between Indonesia and the Muslims in Somalia, that reaches over 99% of the population, never breaks. Last Eid-ul-Adha, more than 1,200 heads of cattle, donated by the Indonesian people, were slaughtered in Somalia. Such massive generosity brought the blessing of Eid-ul-Adha to everyone who received the qurbani meat.