Ramadan in Syria: Making Peace with Difficult Conditions

This year, the Syrians have to spend another Ramadan under the shadow of war. Occassionally, memories of how Ramadan was before the war warms their mind.

Internally Displaced People in Idlib live in crammed tarp tents. For years, they have to spend Ramadan away from their hometowns. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, IDLIB - This year's Ramadan is clearly different for the Fatum Umm Muhammad family. Along with her family, she fled the war and now lives in a settlement area for IDPs in northern Syria. As the days of Ramadan have progress slowly, she misses the warmth and joy of spending the blessed month in her own home.

"I miss so many things. In the past, I use to have an oven. We used to make some cakes and sweets in it, things that we like. But now, there’s nothing. Even if we want a specific dish, we can’t buy it or the ingredients to make it. In the past, everything was available. Now, it’s so difficult to celebrate like we used to," Umm Muhammad told TRT World.

Umm Muhammad and her husband are unable to see her ten children during Ramadan. They are all scattered across different camps along Syria-Turkey border.

Soaring food prices have made Ramadan even more difficult for the IDPs. “There are no Ramadan preparations because everything is expensive. All the vegetables are expensive. Meat is expensive, and chicken is expensive. Everything is expensive. So I haven’t prepared anything for Ramadan at all, "Umm Hassan, a displaced woman in Idlib, told TRT World in late April.

 The residents of Idlib have no other choice but to face skyrocketing food prices. "We are suffering from this (COVID-19) epidemic, and we are suffering from a thousand things, and no one is helping us with anything. May God help the poor,” said Abdulrahman Muhajir, one of the refugees in displaced Syrians in Idlib, as reported by TRT World.

In the midst of these difficult conditions, some residents in Idlib still work to assist each other. As reported by AFPNews, a number of Syrian widows prepared iftar meals for the needy in Idlib. They wore gloves and masks when preparing the meals to avoid COVID-19 transmission.

"Our cooks and volunteers here have lost their husbands. The idea and purpose of this kitchen is to help them work during the month of Ramadan. The kitchen delivers 300 meals daily, and out of those 300 meals, a portion is delivered to families living in camps and the rest to poor families in Idlib,” explained the Kitchen Coordinator Najla Bitar, reported by AFP. []