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Sacrifice Feast

Written by Antje on September 19th 2016 19:42

Last week, we celebrated the “Sacrifice Feast”. During this feast, Muslims commemorate that Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Ishmael to God (in the Bible, Isaak is the son being sacrificed), that God stopped this at the last moment and that Abraham sacrificed a ram instead of his son. Every year, families who can afford it sacrifice a cow or goat or even a chicken. The meat is divided in 3 parts: 1 part for the family, 1 part for the neighbors, and 1 part for the poor. This year, I had been invited by 6 people in 4 days. Every time a large rice meal with various curries…. It is very special to meet people in their home, to see how they live and to get to know them a little bit better. 

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Our first invitation by one of the co-workers in our rehab center for children.

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Here an illustration of ‘digital’ Bangladesh, with smartphone and selfies. 

This hospital was closed for one day during the Sacrifice Feast, but for the rest open as usual. It was rather quiet, because people celebrated the feast and also because didn’t expect us to be open. Many centers close for the entire week. 
 
The picture below shows how little privacy patients get over here. The group stands around the ambulance that was to transport a patient. Every time, I am amazed at how many people think they have to say something about how to carry out the transport (and also about how small some ambulances are). By the way, these ambulances are not equipped as you would expect in the Netherlands: there is room to for a patient to be transported laying down, it often carries a cylinder with oxygen, and for the rest it’s a normal van. The driver certainly doesn’t have the medical training that you’d expect in the Netherlands from ambulance personnel….
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