Qurbani Meat Delights Temporary Shelter Residents in the Philippines

“As a teacher, my income is only 2,000 pesos. I better use it to fulfill my family’s daily food needs rather than buying Qurbani animal.”

Residents of the temporary shelter camp in Asinan work together in slaughtering Qurbani animals from Global Qurban-ACT in 2020.
Residents of the temporary shelter camp in Asinan work together in slaughtering Qurbani animals from Global Qurban-ACT in 2020. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ZAMBOANGA – It doesn’t feel complete if we don’t celebrate Eid ul-Adha without consuming the Qurbani meat. For the residents in the Asinan temporary relocation shelter in Zamboanga City in the Philippines, this has been the case for years.

One of the residents of Asinan, Khadijah J. Batalo said that as a mother she felt bad that her children and she could only stay at home. There was no Qurbani celebration due to financial problems. The price of a goat was very expensive for them, around 5,000-6,000 peso or IDR 1.5 million.

“As a teacher, my income is only 2,000 pesos. I better use it to fulfill my family’s daily food needs rather than buying Qurbani animals,” said Khadijah when she was visited by the Global Qurban-ACT Team in Eid Al-Adha last year. At that time, Global Qurban was distributing Qurbani meat at the Asinan shelter.

In addition to Khadija, another resident named Abdullah Abbas also said that every Eid ul-Adha, the presence of Qurbani meat means so much to his family. “It’s been seven years since the last time we enjoyed Qurbani meat due to our financial deterioration,” said Abbas.

“Celebrating Eid ul-Adha (through Qurbani) is important. However, most of the residents here don’t have enough money to perform Qurbani. Alhamdulillah, the Qurbani meat from Global Qurban-ACT is very beneficial to us,” he said

According to the UNHCR, Zamboanga City is a place for 1,362 families or 6,810 people who are waiting for permanent abode from the government. They are currently living in temporary shelters and are also staying in relatives' homes. The temporary shelters are located in four villages namely Mampang, Rio Hondo, Asinan, and Buggoc. This situation has happened since 2013 due to military attacks and natural disasters.[]