Spending First Ramadan in the Temporary Shelters

Few days after moving to the Integrated Community Shelter (ICS), Siti Komalasari began to spend her first Ramadan as an evacuee in the shalter.

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Siti Komalasari, one of flashflood survivors in Lebak.. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, LEBAK - Siti Komalasari must spend this Ramadan without her husband who works in Tangerang. He cannot go home due to the pandemic. Additionally, this is the first time for her to spend Ramadan in the temporary shelter. She now lives in the Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) compound because her house was washed away by the flood in early 2020.

Siti woke up early in the morning to prepare suhoor for her family on Tuesday (4/29) morning. He set up a makeshift kitchen on her front yard so that she does not need to use the public kitchen. She was cooking some side dishes that morning, and fragrant smell billowed through the wooden walls of the shelters.

"It's cooking some mushrooms with eggs. Usually, we eat at 3 a.m. If it rains, we put the stove and cook inside,” explained Siti.

Although she is happy for the shelter, she admitted that this Ramadan is certainly more difficult because, for the first time, she has to spend Ramadan, not in the comfort of her own home.




Siti is cooking in front of her shelter. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

"Last year, we spent Ramadan at our own house. Although simple, it is home. Now, it is how it is. Still, there’s no place like home," said Siti.

Her children often ask about their condition. Although she feels sad every time they ask, but Siti does not want to show her sadness on front of her children. Shee wants to be an example for them to stay strong in the midst of crisis.

"Alhamdulillah, my children can understand. What else can we do? As a parent that must guide my children, I must appear strong and must not cry in front of them. Sometimes I feel sad, but I must appear strong in front of my children, "said Siti.

Siti hopes to be able to rebuild her house if she has the resources. "What our life in the future will be, let’s not think about it now. Hopefully, there will be some luck in the future," said Siti. []

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