Joy of Ramadan Reaches the Center of Conflict in Mali

Around 400 worshipers gathered in a mosque in Bamako to enjoy iftar.

ACTNews, BAMAKO – In a mosque in the city of Bamako, worshippers flocked. They sat cross-legged in long rows on the floor. Facing each other, they were busily talking, sometimes laughter and jokes were heard. They were waiting for the maghrib time to come. They smiled widely as if they had forgotten that their country is being torn by conflicts.

When the sunset finally came, each of them took a bite of food in front of them and a sip of water. The iftar packages were provided by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) on Monday (5/27). The joy of iftar filled their hearts after fasting in 39-degree Celsius temperature.   

Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT stated that around 400 worshippers attended the iftar gathering. In total, from Sunday (5/26) to Wednesday (5/29), she estimated that around 1,600 people had benefitted from the iftar distribution.

“We distributed up to 400 packages a day, and the and the beneficiaries are the poor, the worshippers, as well as the people who fled from the conflict there. Alhamdulillah, the joy of Ramadan reached the people in the center of the conflict,” stated Faradiba, Friday (5/31).

The escalation has risen in Mali in the past months. MINUSMA reported that 488 have been killed since January 2018 due to the internal conflict in Central Mopti and Segou City.

The Washington Post mentioned that the conflict has stopped the country’s development. The country was once a development darling with a seemingly stable democracy and a growing economy. But Mali’s progress came to a halt in 2012 when a rebellion in the north of the country led to a coup. []