Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha.

The Festival of Sacrifice.

The second of two Muslim holidays that happen every year, Eid al-Adha honours the sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make to his God; his son.

On God’s request, Abrahim prepared to sacrifice his only son Ismail, but as he cut his throat, his son transformed into a dead ram, his son remained unharmed. His willingness to carry out God’s command was enough.

So let’s talk about sacrifice.

The Calais Jungle is disproportionately populated by men. Women and children do live in the Jungle, but there are many more men.

These men are not economic migrants. They are not less deserving because of their ‘less vulnerable’ status. These are the men who have gone ahead to make the hardest journey of their lives, into the unknown, while their families wait for them to find safety, away from war, bombs, fighting and death.

These men leave their beloved wives, their mothers and fathers who are too old to make the journey, and their children who are too young. They have crossed deserts, oceans and land in search of a safe life.

Often they leave behind nice houses, good cars, well-paid jobs. They leave wardrobes full of their clothes, cupboards full of food. They leave their friends, their neighbours, their country, their home, their memories, their entire life.

And now they live in tents in the mud.

So let’s talk about sacrifice.