Ramadan complicated for the victims of Marseille


In the small local of the association Marseille angry, Youssouf falls on a bench of black skai. In a sigh, he lets go: "What we live is already very difficult, but what worries me even more is Ramadan. " Of Guinean origin, the man lives, since November 19, with Fanta, his wife, and Fatou, his 5-year-old daughter, in a hotel that borders the Sakakini Boulevard, a kind of inner city of Marseille. "That day, the people from the town hall came to see the condition of our apartment. They told us to take business; we would stay at the hotel for three days, one week maximum. It's been five months "explains the father, who works in the building.

The dislocated of the rue d'Aubagne, in Marseille, feel abandoned

May 5th or 6th opens the month of Ramadan. One of the five pillars of Islam, during which fasting and asceticism are synonymous with purification for Muslims; thirty days during which they must refrain from drinking and eating, from sunrise to sunset. "The date is coming and I do not know if we will be able to do it. But do not do it … it's like not being a Muslim anymore ", Youssouf alarmed. Collateral damage massive dislodgements: several hundred people, practicing Muslims, worry about not being able to follow the rites of this sacred month.

Houssam and Bena├»da both evacuated from a building in rue Jean-Roque, near the drama in rue d'Aubagne, have been sharing a hotel room since 9 November. "Ramadan is a very important moment in a believer's life. It's like Christmas for Christians. During this period, we prepare and eat traditional dishes such as chorba, bricks, dumplings. We can not do Ramadan and eat sandwiches at night, it is not possible … In our apartment, before, we cooked. But at the hotel, how are we going to do? "asks Benaida.

Ramadan, a moment of sharing

Leila enters the room with her 18-month-old baby, asleep in her stroller. The young woman, her husband and their child, live, like most of the disloyal, in a hotel room. It is impossible to think of bringing together family and friends, as tradition dictates, at the moment of breaking the fast, at nightfall.

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"Ramadan is not just a time of starvation", recalls Kaouther Ben Mohamed. Co-founder of Marseille angry, an association that helps the victims of poor housing, she sees believers every day to express their fears. This period of fasting is also that of "zakat", charity. "It is a moment of spirituality and essential sharing during which we receive isolated people, poor or sick. There, it is obvious that many dislodged Muslims will not be able to follow the tradition as they wish. "she continues.

Moral and physical fatigue

Mother of three, Myriam had to leave her apartment of 5e arrondissement, the 1st February. She has been living in a hotel room since then with her family. "Our religion asks us for this sacrifice of fasting. It is a very tiring month, but also a very spiritual month, during which we support each other by praying ", she says, before questioning: "Can you imagine praying in a hotel room with three children? "Vice President of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith, Imam Ghoul agrees that the period will be very difficult for him and those "Who have lost the heat of the home". However, he reminds that the faithful prevented can postpone fasting and catch up when the conditions are met: "If we fast but we are psychologically bad, then we are finally not in the spirituality of the moment. "

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Many people wonder if they will only have the "strength" to follow Ramadan. "I am very tired morally and physically"Youssouf confirms. Sitting next to her stroller, Leila smiled softly. But the heart is not there: "We'll do it, but not good. We will not have a real Ramadan … "



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