‘A highly individual journey’: Ramadan under lockdown

Praying and breaking the fast together are important elements of Ramadan. How do muslims experience Ramadan in times of lockdown? For the Belgian newswebsite MO*, writer and RPM volunteer Wim Peumans interviewed Onur, who migrated from Turkey to Belgium. For Onur the experience of Ramadan has become highly individualized, especially during the current  anti-virus measures. Artist Mounir Eddib (@geniuschild) drew a portrait to accompany Onur's story.   'My earliest…

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‘Until further notice’: life under lockdown in a German asylum centre

Since the 2016 military coup attempt the number of applicants from Turkey in the EU have five-folded to a record high. But what is life like for these refugees, especially in the troubling times of the corona crisis? Writer and RPM volunteer Wim Peumans published an article on their experiences in the Belgian newswebsite MO*. Salim (a pseudonym), a young Turkish man who is staying in an asylum centre…

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A commmunity of care

In these unique times of social distancing and closed borders, empty schools and virtual workspaces, we are experiencing a form of separation that most of us are unfamiliar with. In order to keep our loved ones safe from the novel Corona virus we have been asked to distance ourselves from our extended family, friends, roommates, colleagues and vulnerable members of our community. Unable to leave the confinements of our…

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