Eid-ul-Azha, the festival of sacrifice, was celebrated amid the horrific coronavirus pandemic for the second consecutive year. The lockdown and halt in economic activities due to Covid-19 have further deteriorated the condition of poverty-stricken people across the country. The most affected are the ones with meager financial capabilities.
In this difficult time, this major religious festival has given the affluent section of the society a scope to stand by the poor as many of them have had to cut back on their daily consumption (of even the basic necessities) in order to make ends meet.
Keeping the miserable condition of insolvent people in mind, Muslim Aid-UK, Bangladesh Field Office took a praiseworthy move to share the happiness of Eid with the helpless people.
Unlike every year, the UK-based international NGO under its Bangladesh Qurbani Project 2021 has distributed Qurbani meat among 14,718 members belong to 3,300 extreme poor families in 13 districts under six divisions of the country on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha. The initiative solely aims to ensure that the poor ones, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, could eat meat at least once a year.
Rabeya Sultana, Country Director of Muslim Aid-UK Bangladesh, have given her representatives the opportunities to partake in the major religious festival with the true essence of sacrifice and the divine purpose of enabling the poor eat meat as a matter of their right and not as charity.
In Satkhira, a good number of people, especially women, belonging to low-income groups have started arriving in the venue just after slaughtering the animal with a hope to get an extra lump of meat what means to them an Eid like never before.
A group of soulful young volunteers was engaged in the total process ranging from meat processing to distribution. They along with local seniors cut meat in regular pieces and prepared a total of 50 packets provided by the Muslim Aid. The whole meat was divided into two portions. A majority share of the meat was given away to indigents in Patkelghata and Binerpota areas under the district and another part was shared with the orphans.
Besides, the volunteers also distributed few packets door–to-door of the most vulnerable families impacted by the pandemic and cyclone. The price of the skin was fixed before skinning and donated the money to a local orphanage.
On the auspicious Eid day, the sky remained overcast almost all day with interrupted rain. The glimpse of smiles on the faces of the distressed people on receiving Qurbani meat brightened up the whole gloomy rainy day with true Eid joy.