ACTNews, LOMBOK UTARA – It was six a.m. in the morning. The chant of the takbirat was heard faintly from a makeshift mosque in Sigar Penjalin evacuation post, Tanjung sub-district, North Lombok, Wednesday (8/22).
Loudspeaker was installed inside the green tent. Blue tarpaulin was spread to cover the ground, some of its parts were also covered by prayer mats to make it warm for the worshippers. A number of men were seen spreading additional tarpaulin on the back side of the makeshift mosque for the female worshippers.
The dusty soil didn’t stop them from gathering to pray. The evacuees in Sigar Penjalin were enthusiastic in preparing a makeshift mosque for them to perform Eid-ul-Adha prayer.
One of the evacuees was Junaidi. The resident of Lendeng Berbrore hamlet ran for protection to Cupek Hamlet when a news about tsunami was spreading during the earthquake on August 5. His wife was wounded on her stomach. “My house is in ruins now,” he said, Wednesday (8/22).
Currently, Junaidi stays at his relative’s tent. In a 2.5 x 3.5 meters tent, Junaidi lives with 16 other people from four families, sleeping on dry, dusty soil. “The only water source here is from a well that we take the water using a water pump machine donated by Mohammad Zohri,” he added.
On the day of Eid-ul-Adha, Junaidi’s family and he hoped that the series of earthquake that keep happening will stop. Trauma still lingers. “We just want to recover,” he concluded as he walked to the makeshift mosque.