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How Volunteers Are Helping Muslim Refugees Break Fast During Ramadan

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Joan Zappulla
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With Ramadan fast approaching, volunteers are turning their efforts to help refugees in Greece by providing them with enough food and drink to break their fast after the long, hot days.

A task force of young people, organised by charity Help Refugees, hopes to supply 12,000 refugees with food parcels so they can observe Ramadan, which involves fasting between sunrise and sunset.

They then break fast with a feast.

Tom Steadman from the charity says the soaring temperatures in Greece and the lack of food in the camps make the process of observing Ramadan, which runs from 15 May to 14 June, “very difficult” for refugees.

The religious festival is observed by millions of Muslims all over the world, although young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, older people, or those who are sick or travelling, are exceptions to the rule.

In Greece, a group of young people will work around the clock to distribute food parcels to various refugee camps, ensuring parcels are delivered to the right place at the right time - and regularly.

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