Eid al-Adha Blessings for Rohingya Refugees

Kutupalong Camp is one of the biggest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar. On Eid al-Adha last year, around 5,000 refugees savored qurbani meat.

ACTNews, COX’S BAZAAR – The chants of takbirat echoed without loudspeakers at Kutupalong Rohingya Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazaar District, Bangladesh. At that time, Eid al-Adha fell on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. It was one of the happiest days for the Rohingyas.

Fareed, a Global Qurban partner at Cox’s Bazaar, said that the Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong Camp lived with limited food availability. Therefore, Eid al-Adha was a blessing for them because they could enjoy nutritious meat dishes. "Food is very limited and they are not allowed to work. Therefore, providing food for Rohingya refugees is very important," explained Fareed.

Sucita Ramadinda from Global Humanity Response (GHR) - Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) said that in 2018, 20 heads of cattle from Indonesia were slaughtered for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar. "ACT also sacrificed 15 cows for Rohingya in Myanmar," Ramadinda reported.

Sofi Hosain Dano (62), a refugee at Kutupalong Camp, was very grateful to get a package of qurbani meat on that Eid. "I am very grateful to ACT and the Indonesian people who have supported us," Sofi said. For Sofi and family, being able to enjoy qurbani meat is a blessing. After escaping from Myanmar's military persecution in August, Sofi has no daily job nor income.

Khatijah (56) also felt happy. Receiving qurbani meat gave Khatijah a glimmer of delight. She felt that she still has brothers and sisters who care about her. She was still grieving after losing his sone in the Rohingya massacre in August 2017.

Seeing the urgency of food needs among Rohingya refugees, ACT strives to make the qurbani more efficient this year. "Insha Allah, this year, we will still channel qurbani donations for the Rohingyas in Myanmar and in refugee camps in Bangladesh," Sucita explained, Thursday (7/4).

The United Nations named Rohingya as the most persecuted ethnic group. There has been no bright future for the Rohingya refugees as their number is increasing. Fareed said that food and medicine were running low at the increasingly crowded Kutupalong Camp. "From the air, the Kutupalong refugee camp looks like a maze built on a hillside," Fareed closed the story. []