ACTNews, MBALE – In Uganda, especially in the eastern part of the country, many Muslims live in poverty. They have no jobs, or work as farmers who earn no more than per day.
Looking back to Eid-ul-Adha 2018, Said Mukaffiy of Global Qurban team said that most Muslims there rarely eat meat, even in Eid-ul-Adha. They mostly eat from what they cultivate.
“They didn’t even have money to buy spices, let alone meat. I saw how they cooked the qurbani meat we gave without any seasoning. They just cook it until it darkened, and eat it that way,” Mukaffiy told ACTNews.
Though it tasted plain, savoring the qurbani meat can at least strengthen their bonds as families. Such strong bond was felt by Mutono Alasia (67), a woman from Nabilatuk District in eastern Uganda. Alasia cooks the qurbani meat she received each year into a simple dish. She boiled the meat with some water until the water dries out and the meat darkens. The unseasoned pieces of meat will then be served to her seven family members.
“This Eid is different. The Qurbani meat that we received can improve our family’s nutrients. Meat is something we rarely eat. Alhamdulillah, may Allah reward the Indonesians who perform Qurbani for us,” said Alasia to Global Qurban team in Uganda in Eid-ul-Adha 2018.
Another beneficiary was Tazenya Hussain who comes from Budaka District. She said that her family was never able to buy even a piece of meat. As a poor farmer, she does not earn much.
“The qurbani meat from Indonesia has completed our Eid-ul-Adha celebration. We felt the same happiness like other Muslims. We pray that Allah makes your affairs easy in Indonesia,” hoped Hussain.
Spending the day of Eid-ul-Adha and three days afterwards, at least 554 heads of cattle from Global Qurban were sacrificed in eight different districts including Mbale. The meat distribution reached remote areas with poor Muslim populations.
“Mbale was the most populous city reached by the Global Qurban’s meat distribution. From Mbale, the majority of Global Qurban’s cattle was distributed to further areas, to remote regions where Ugandan Muslims strive to uphold their faith,” explained Mukaffiy.
Global Qurban arrived in Uganda for the first time in Eid-ul-Adha 2018. The team was determined to expand the reach of the meat distribution, as Uganda is afflicted with extreme poverty, food scarcity and water crisis, especially in the eastern part of the country.