Islamic Relief USA is delivering food packages to 30 countries in the world this Ramadan. We wanted to capture what Ramadan feels like in each of those countries, so we talked to 30 people living in the United States about their experiences fasting there. Follow along with us this month as we explore Ramadan through their memories.
Nada Shawish, Communications Specialist at Islamic Relief USA, reports from Somaliland. A woman grabs my arm to get my attention. Behind her niqab her voice elevates, “I have something to say.” She pulls me in and turns to Ridwan Adhami, Creative Director of Islamic Relief USA, who is holding the camera. “I would like to speak to you,” she says sternly into the barrel, unwavering. I am Samia …” she said, “I am 24 years old.” And she presses her abaya down to reveal a fully formed stomach. She’s pregnant. Hargeisa, a town in Somaliland, the region north of Somalia, has become a refuge from war nearly overnight for Yemeni…