Teknaf, Bangladesh: While Eid brings joy and happiness to people from almost all walks of life, refugee children can hardly be part of this merriment given their poverty, said Mujer, a Majee from the refugee camp.

 

Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated across Burma and Bangladesh tomorrow with due religious fervour and solemnity.

 

This year Eid coincides with the first day of the New Year, which people of Burma and Bangladesh will start celebrating as soon as the clock strikes the zero hour tonight, he added.

 

After Eid prayers well-to-do Muslims will share sacrificed animals. They will share meat with their relatives, neighbours and poor people according to religious diktats. But refugees and other poor Rohingya children will be deprived of this enjoyment because they are poor.

 

While talking to Kaladan Press Network, several refugee children and other Rohingya children, living out side the camp, said they cannot think about Eid, which is knocking at the door. They also said Eid does not bring any special message for them. Amina a nine-year old girl said she never gets a new dress for Eid and her mother had told her that Eid was meant for the rich and not for the poor like them.

 

Eid is being observed this year at a time when the Rohingya community in Arakan State, Burma is passing through grave political uncertainty, said a trader from Maungdaw Township.

 

Recently, over 500 Rohingya people were arrested overseas in Bangladesh, Thailand, and India while on their way to Malaysia. They left Burma because they were being persecuted by the Burmese military junta with forced labour, forced relocation, restriction on movement, confiscation of lands, marriage restrictions and destruction of religious buildings, said a refugee who did not want to be named.