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Ramadan has begun and in a few weeks, Muslims will be ringing in Eid-ul-Fitr, the first of two Eid during the Islamic calendar. Eid-ul-Fitr, as you know, is an occasion that marks the conclusion of Ramadan and begins a three day feast where friends, families and loved ones celebrate together, exchange gifts and rejoice. It is a fun time for everyone however; the children of Syria will spend their Eid in very difficult circumstances. These children have been moved away from their home and now live as refugees on the other side of the border. Before the violence started in Syria, they had a family, friends and a place to call home. Now they live in tents and survive on food rations.
Eid for children in particular is a very special and joyous occasion. On this day, they dress in new clothes, shoes and put on new fragrance. Children give Eid greetings to their family, friends and neighbours and receive gifts in return from loved ones including balloons, chocolates and much more. The Eid festivities start with attending prayer in the morning with family and then converging at one family member’s home where everyone will congregate and meet up.
However, none of this will happen for Syrian children this year. A huge number of Syrian children have fled to Lebanon while some went to Egypt and most relocated to Jordan. Many of these children have lost their parents and need to be looked after. The Syria crisis has been on-going for almost 3 years and yet to this date there is very little hope of things returning to how they used to be.
But, there is something we can do to change this through our actions.
Together, we can see to it that these Syrian children get to have new clothes and shoes this year, that they receive new toys, colouring pencils and even books for those who are keen on reading and learning. The Aid for Syria campaign by Muslim Aid is geared to providing relief aid for the people of Syria. Your donations will ensure that they are taken care of this Ramadan and that they too get to enjoy Eid with all of the festivities. These children have lost their childhood, but we can help to give part of it back.
To find out more about how you can help or our current campaigns, please take a moment to look through our site. Over the years, we here at Muslim Aid have done a lot for these refugees, from creating makeshift hospitals to providing food rations and other supplies. Make a donation this Ramadan and see to it that they have something to smile about this Ramadan. They deserve a happy Eid.