Bashir Ahmed, the Rohingya Muslim Refugee said, “The month of Ramzan shows us how to be grateful, thankful and have the patience to find contentment in our circumstances,” the optimistic approach of Bashir towards his life is just an example of the strong man he is.
Since it is the month of Ramadan, Bashir and his family, wife and his three children had some sliced watermelon to quench their thirst and a meal of rice, vegetables and some cucumber and onion salad. Now, there are most of us who are so modest and still believe in the miracles of the Almighty.
After their first iftar on Friday, the family ate their meal in silence in their claustrophobic interiors of plastic and bamboo shelter. It was a similar scene in the rest of the family of the next 48 Rohingya Muslims. These families are still trying to get back to life and struggling with the existing circumstances.
The tents at Kalindi Kunj have come to terms with the already burnt lives. On 15th April, there was another trial by fire where the huts were destroyed and set on fire. The families here are still trying to live at peace and continue with the holy month of Ramadan. There is not a single complaint from their side.
Around 6 in the evening, the families, men, women, and children are gathering around to freshen up and wash themselves before the namaz after a harsh fasting day. “We have just one water tap for so many families. There always are queues here and the water is not enough for everyone’s use,” said Mohammad Salimullah, who used to run a small shop at the camp and lost that to the fire.
Even after the trauma, the fire, and the financial loss, the families are taking up the hardship positively and overcoming the battles of life every day. They are living their lives as routine. Fasting and praying. The refugees in these tents have come in terms of their living standards.
The wild growth of shrubs, muddy ditches and the condition of the tents may show the hardship faced by the refugees. But it looks like they have accepted the hardships and fled to Myanmar to escape the persecution.
These 25 tents have become home to the three to four families. There is a constant fight for space here and to add up to the existing misery, the recent storms have created a ruckus leave everyone to wonder as to how much more suffering is left.
After their simple iftar meals, the families head to their bamboo, tin or trampoline structure huts to get some relief and the women prepare for the dinner. As the night falls, there is a thick blanket of mosquitoes around them making it difficult to sleep. But none the less, the families are carrying their daily choirs and living a life of some harsh indecency.