With your support, Islamic Relief will distribute qurbani meat to some of the world’s poorest families this Eid.
Omanovic Hanife and her husband were among the nearly 23,000 people in Bosnia and Herzegovina that we reached last Eid al-Adha.
“My husband is a pensioner and we survive mostly on his pension,” says Omanovic, 88. “We also benefit from a local food kitchen for vulnerable people.
“We have always had to live hard, but now it’s even more difficult. Our pension is spent on medicines and paying our bills. It is impossible for us to afford meat. We place our trust in Allah.”
Omanovic and her husband suffered terribly during the Bosnian War in the 90s.
We lost everything we had. Our house was knocked down and our son was killed in one of the camps. We were made refugees and only returned in 2002 – even then we lived in a tent for six months.
Islamic Relief was one of the first international aid agencies to respond when the war broke out. We’ve continued to help vulnerable people in Bosnia and Herzegovina ever since, including through our annual qurbani programme.
“Eid al-Adha is a time when the family is together, but this has not been the case for us for many years. Due to the war, our neighbours are no longer here and our children are struggling [to make ends meet] in other cities.”
The qurbani meat pack the couple received brought respite from hard living, as well as the joy of welcoming visitors to their home.
“People seldom come and visit us now. We are happy and grateful that Islamic Relief has come to see us during Eid al-Adha. We’d like to thank everyone who participates in this good work. May Allah reward you all.”