Somali Sisters Safe and Secure in Jakarta To Observe Ramadan with Their Countrywomen

CWS Indonesia | June 10, 2017

Zaenab – UASC girl. Photo: CWS

When the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, began in May this year, 19-year-old Somali native, Zaenab, who lives in a CWS-managed group home for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Jakarta, was among those who joined the fast.

Like thousands of others in the Somali Diaspora in Yemen, Zaenab and her younger sister fled the violence and lawlessness in the country where, for a brief while, they had found more safety than they had in Somalia.

In Indonesia since 2015, Zaenab and her sister now live together with 36 other girls and young women in their group home – where they are well able to observe their holy month of fasting. “Ramadan is a good month; I love it. And celebrating it in this group home is just amazing! When we first came to Indonesia, my sister and lived alone, even though we were both children, and we had only each other during Ramadan. But here in the shelter there are many other girls and young women from Somalia and we cook together and break our fast together and then go together to the neighborhood mosque for evening prayers. I hope Allah will accept all of my prayers, good deeds and fasting this month”, said Zaenab, who is blessed to live in safety and security now, which is quite something in light of her difficult life’s journey so far.

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*name changed for requested anonymity. This is the 7th in a series of refugee profiles recently posted to

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