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Far from home, asylum seekers mark Idul Adha despite limitations

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 15, 2019   /  06:12 pm
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A Jakarta Social Affairs Agency official distributes bags of boxed meals to asylum seekers on Aug. 12 at a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta.(JP/Nina Loasana)

It was a quiet Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) for the more than 1,000 Muslim asylum seekers sheltering at a former building of the West Jakarta district military command (Kodim) in Kalideres.  They held neither the qurban ritual of sacrificial cattle or goats nor any celebratory event as they continued their day-to-day lives at the shelter, kilometers from their countries of origin. "There was no special celebration or event. After performing the Idul Adha prayer [on Sunday morning], we just greeted and congratulated each other briefly before returning to our tents," Alikhan, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, told The Jakarta Post on Monday in fluent Indonesian. However, a taste of the Idul Adha festivity was provided by the Jakarta Social Affairs Agency, which distributed cooked qurban meat to t...