- Title: Refugees mark Ramadan in Bangladeshi camps wrecked by storm
- Date: 1st June 2017
- Summary: KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH (JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) MAN STANDING NEXT TO PILE OF TIN SHEETS MEN CLEANING UP BROKEN TIN SHEETS MEN STANDING IN CAMP AND LOOKING INTO CAMERA BROKEN TIN SHEETS DEVASTATED HOUSE MEN STANDING IN FRONT OF DEVASTATED HOUSE PEOPLE WALK PAST BROKEN HOUSES MAN CARRYING WOODEN POLES WALKING TOWARD REFUGEE CAMP DESTROYED ROOF VARIOUS OF MEN FIXING ROOF VARIOUS OF JEEP CARRYING BAMBOOS DRIVING THROUGH CAMP MAN SITTING ON ROOF BEAM AND FIXING IT JEEP WITH BAMBOOS BOYS CARRYING CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS MEN FIXING ROOF VARIOUS OF CHILDREN HOLDING PLASTIC CLOTH BLOWN BY WIND VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING ON MAKESHIFT SWINGS PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH CAMP SOUNDBITE (Bengali) MUSLIM DEVOTEE, DIDAR MIAH, SAYING: "The storm broke our mosque, the roof of the mosque was blown away, we can't join in prayers here now, and in this month of Ramadan we are unable to cook our food for Sehri (morning meal) because many of our house are broken, we can't even stay at home." PEOPLE STANDING IN MOSQUE DESTROYED BY STORM MAN REPAIRING HIS HOUSE CHILDREN WASHING MAN CARVING WOODEN POLE IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE WOMAN HOLDING BABY AND OTHER WOMEN AND CHILDREN STANDING NEARBY VARIOUS OF WOMEN LINING UP TO COLLECT RELIEF GOODS SIGN READING (English): "BLANKET SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAM FOR KUTUPALONG MAKESHIFT SETTLEMENT" WOMEN LINING UP TO COLLECT RELIEF GOODS WOMAN HOLDING BABY STANDING IN LINE BABY SLEEPING IN MOTHER'S ARMS VOLUNTEER DISTRIBUTING BOXES WITH RELIEF GOODS MAN CARRYING BOX ON HIS HEAD PEOPLE CARRYING BOXES WITH RELIEF GOODS BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH (JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) WOMAN CLEANING HER UTENSILS BEFORE COOKING VARIOUS OF WOMAN PREPARING MEAL TO BREAK THEIR FAST DURING RAMADAN POT OF SOUP COOKING ON FIRE SOUNDBITE (Bengali) REFUGEE WOMAN, RASHIDA BEGUM, SAYING: "We break our fast during Iftar time only with a glass of water, nothing else, we only take some rice later as we have no other food for dinner." FAMILY WITH CHILDREN SITTING IN MAKESHIFT HOUSE BABY LYING (SOUNDBITE) (Bengali) REFUGEE, SYED ALAM, SAYING: "We have nothing special in the Iftar time to take, so we break our fast with water and take rice in the evening." FAMILY SITTING OUTSIDE MAKESHIFT HOUSE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE COLLECTING DRINKING WATER FROM WELL MEN PREPARING MEAL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WASHING BEANS AT WELL VARIOUS OF MAN COOKING MEAL FOR MUSLIM DEVOTEES VARIOUS OF MEN WASHING FACES BEFORE GOING FOR PRAYERS MUSLIM DEVOTEES PRAYING AT DEVASTATED MOSQUE VARIOUS OF IMAM CALLING FOR PRAYERS VARIOUS OF MUSLIM REFUGEES BREAKING THE FAST VARIOUS OF MUSLIM REFUGEES ATTENDING EVENING PRAYER REFUGEE CAMP
- Embargoed: 15th June 2017 18:25
- Keywords: Balukhali refugee camp Kutupalong refuggee camp Cox's Bazar cyclone Mora Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
- Location: KUTUPALONG AND BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMPS, COXâ€™S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
- City: KUTUPALONG AND BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMPS, COXâ€™S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
- Country: Bangladesh
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JG6YIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar in Bangladeshi refugee camps gathered in a makeshift mosque for evening Ramadan prayers on Thursday (June 1), after a cyclone flattened their flimsy shelters two days earlier.
Cyclone Mora, with wind up to 135 kph (85 mph) and heavy rain, battered refugee camps on Tuesday (May 30) where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have taken refuge from violence at home.
At least seven people were killed and 50 injured by the cyclone in the Cox's Bazar district, a sliver of land in southeast Bangladesh bordering Myanmar, according to local authorities who said some 15,000 houses had been destroyed in the area.
The storm destroyed almost all the 10,000 thatched huts in the Balukhali and Kutupalong camps and most Rohingyas live in makeshift tents and survive on handouts.
As Muslims world-wide celebrated Ramadan, Rohingya Muslims said the hard conditions in devastated refugee camp is leaving them unable to mark the holy month in the usual way of fasting during the day and consuming large, festive meals in the evening.
"We have nothing special in the Iftar time to take, so we break our fast with water and take rice in the evening," said Syed Alam, one of the refugees.
During the month of Ramadan, believers abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk- they eat a pre-dawn meal called 'Suhur' then break their daylight-long fast with 'Iftar', often a large meal with various items starting with dates and ending with a variety of Arabic sweets.
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