30 Days of Faith : Day 5

· · · In peacetime Syria, Ismail studied French. Today, he and his uncle run a small shop selling kitchen goods in Jordan’s Za’atri refugee camp. It’s the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan and, as the evening meal approaches, a steady stream of customers flow through the shop buying trays, cooking pots and steel wool for cleaning. Ismail and his uncle buy their supplies from wholesalers outside the camp, who have also sold them some decorations for Ramadan. A year ago, Ismail was in Syria for Ramadan and says that his village would be shelled as they sat down for iftar, the evening meal to break the fast. Asked if they still respected the fast under these conditions, Ismail’s uncle said: “Of course! The war doesn’t even enter into the decision.”

Photo and text by Jare Kohler for UNHCR

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