Dancing in Ramadan
The mood at our visits isn’t always right for music, but yesterday at Dunkirk in the sunshine, it certainly was! The Kurdish community we were visiting soon had their favourite tunes blasting out of the speakers we’d set up – and then they got our volunteers up and dancing too.
The sunshine and the dancing weren’t the only reason for smiles. Thanks to many clothing donations from people across the UK, we were able to give a pair of jeans to almost everybody there – skinny and black being the most popular choice! We offered shaves as well as haircuts, gave out oranges and dates (for after Ramadan fasting), and set up our ever popular wifi and charging station.
It made me think of how even when people are thrown into such difficult circumstances, some things stay the same. Most of us would rather wear clothes we feel good in, feel better after a shave or haircut, and forget our problems for a brief spell when dancing to music we love.
I just wish the people we met could be somewhere safe where they can do these ‘normal’ things more often.
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