Landslide Survivors in Bogor Yearn to Enjoy Qurbani Meat

Even before the landslide that hit their village, residents of Rancanangka, Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya, Bogor Regency could only sacrifice 4 goats at most for a total of 800 residents. This year, they can only hope to be able to enjoy qurbani meat in their new place after they were relocated.

The hill to which the residents of Rancanangka, Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya, Bogor were relocated. The village is inhabited by 800 people, most of them are impoverished. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY - Rancanangka Hamlet in Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya, Bogor Regency, is now just a memory. More than 800 people have left the village and relocated to a new place named Cipandawa Block. After the landslide, their former home village of Rancanangka Hamlet is now a disaster-prone zone.

The former Rancanangka residents now live in Ciandawa block located within the Mount Halimun-Salak National Park area. The land that used to be vacant is now filled with houses. Some of them are non-permanent houses with roofs made of plastic sheets. Not all of them have enough money to rebuild new houses.

Ope, one of the locals said, the residents of the Cipandawa Block now live in a modest condition. Humanitarian assistance has rarely been available since the pandemic spread, even though they are still rebuilding a new life. The block does not have complete public facilities. As Eid Al-Adha nears, they don’t know whether or not they can enjoy qurbani meat again or not.

"Before the landslide, we used to slaughter two to four goats at most. No one in the village has ever sacrificed cattle before,” said Ope, Thursday (7/23).

According to Ope, residents of the Cipandawa Block really want to taste qurbani meat, and enjoy the warmth, happiness, and togetherness of the holiday during the qurbani event, especially at the time when the locals are in need of support to heal their trauma.

Khisnul Khasanah from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Bogor Program Department said, for the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, Global Qurban-ACT will slaughter sacrificial animals in the Cipandawa Block supported by donors who have donated through ACT Bogor’s Indonesia Dermawan Page. "The qurbani from the Qurbani Alms will bring happiness to those who are still recovering from the trauma caused by natural disasters,” he explained.

Outside Eid Al-Adha, Cipandawa residents very rarely enjoy dishes made from goat or beef. Most of them are farmers who earn only a meager income. Therefore, Eid Al-Adha is the only occasion when residents can enjoy qurbani meat. []