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07/09/2015

Ramadan in Kurdistan

July is Ramadan month in Kurdistan this year. Ramadan is a holy month of fasting and prayer in the Islamic religion. During the month, many people who follow the religion refrain frome eating or drinking between sunrise to sunset, which can be as long as 15 hours during the summer. This is extremely difficult especially in Iraqi Kurdistan where the summer temerature can rise over 40 degrees celsius.

In order to avoid the heat, many people rest during the day and become active at night, which can be seen from the empty streets in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

[Empty streets in a camp for IDPs]
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Even during Ramadan, however, WASH assistance must continue. With the temperature rise, demand for water has increased significantly in the camp and JEN staff work tirelessly to ensure that water is delivered to each household every day.  JEN technician provides WASH maintenance support to around 5 households a day, in addition to handling larger communal WASH maintenance such as repairing sewage pipes.  It must be really difficult to work in the sun for long hours without any water, but we admire and appreciate their spirit and dedication to the communities JEN serves.

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July 9, 2015 in Iraq |