Covid Chronicles: Ramadan in Melbourne, Australia
Ramadan is a very special time. Ramadan is time for giving and a time when all the community comes together.
Members of the Eritrean society gathered this year to break their fast together. This is not something new. This tradition has persisted for for many years, confirming the cohesion and the continuation of cooperation in social and national projects existing between its members and their families in Eritrea to support members of the Eritrean diaspora.
The Eritrean Islamic Association organized its annual breakfast last week in the presence of hundreds of attendees who responded to the (fasting breakfast) campaign, and the fasting people donated more than sixty thousand dollars, which the center sends to the Eritrean refugee camps in cooperation with a charitable organization in Sudan. This group has been active since the mid-nineties, and the association continued to be active in social, religious and educational fields for successive years without interruption. Despite all the challenges Covid-19 has brought about. Members of the Eritrean community came together and supported each other to overcome some of these challenges.
Despite all the hardship that the pandemic brought, the community got stronger and Ramadan was a time where people came together to help those in need.
Images used with permission.
This material is part of the Covid Chronicles from the Margins project, funded by The Open University and The Hague. The project aims to highlight the impact of the pandemic on refugees, asylum seekers & undocumented migrants.