A Fasting Month on Greek Territory

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. It begins upon the visual sighting of the last full moon of the year and lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on the year. It is intended originated as an observation of the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Mohammed. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from all food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours (such as smoking or sex). But Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking: it is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God and practice self-discipline and sacrifice.

The series “A Fasting Month in Greek Territory” documents the Ramadan month in different refugee camps around Greece. The completed photo essay is made of 11 images, where are documented several protests organized by refugees due to the food delivered in the camps being spoiled and inappropriate for the Ramadan. Still living in such difficult conditions, the Muslim refugees keep their traditions during the most important month of the year.

 

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Ramadan in Piraeus Refugee Camp
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A Fasting Month in Greek Territory