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Breaking Bread With Idlib's Poorest

Local aid agencies help the disadvantaged enjoy the holy month.
By Ahmad al-Salim
  • Idlb’s Eid humanitarian organisation distributes 300 meals a day. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Idlb’s Eid humanitarian organisation distributes 300 meals a day. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • Young men busy cooking in a field kitchen. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Young men busy cooking in a field kitchen. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • A displaced child receives her daily iftar meal. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    A displaced child receives her daily iftar meal. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • A kitchen sponsored by the Qatari humanitarian organisation RAF provides 250 meals a day. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    A kitchen sponsored by the Qatari humanitarian organisation RAF provides 250 meals a day. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • Cooked meals are packaged for distribution. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Cooked meals are packaged for distribution. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • Packed meals are delivered to the houses of the destitute. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Packed meals are delivered to the houses of the destitute. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • A meal consisting of rice, chicken and meat. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    A meal consisting of rice, chicken and meat. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • Packed meals ready for distribution. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Packed meals ready for distribution. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • Special beverages are distributed. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Special beverages are distributed. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • A group of banquet attendees pray before breaking their fast. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    A group of banquet attendees pray before breaking their fast. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
  • Volunteers help serve meals. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)
    Volunteers help serve meals. (Photo: Ahmad al-Salim)

Relief organisations in Idlib have been helping the destitute and displaced celebrate Ramadan by hosting traditional iftar meals so they can break their fasts.

Field kitchens and restaurants set up in opposition-held areas cooked banquets so people could eat together at sunset during the holy month.

Displaced people from Sahl al-Ghab and Hama’s northern countryside also enjoyed the festivities.

Food rations were also distributed as well as meals that included rice, chicken, boiled meat and dates.

Damascus Bureau’s Ahmad al-Salim visited a number of these kitchens and took the photographs above.