Rattled quake survivors mark Muslim festival on Indonesian island
KEKAIT, Indonesia (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors on the Indonesian island of Lombok celebrated the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday in makeshift camps on Wednesday, in a rare moment of joy after weeks of strong tremors that have killed more than 500 people.
The evacuees prayed, chanted and feasted together, marking the festival of sacrifice in open rice fields and under tents. Many communities received extra livestock as donations for the ritual of animal sacrifice, residents said.
“In the past, the meat was distributed by the mosque to people in need but now we are all equal, there’s no differences between the rich and the poor,” said Rafiqah, whose family lost its home in one of the quakes.