Ethiopia is home to many expatriates especially from the African continent most of whom work at the African union headquarters in Addis Ababa. Among them is a Muslim community which has joined other Muslims to commemorate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Being miles away from home they cannot enjoy the pomp that Eid al-Fitr celebrations bring when you are with family. Sadik Adam is a Nigerian working in Ethiopia. For the second time now, he is being forced to celebrate the Eid ul Fitr alone. His preparation for the day’s celebrations is small, only limited to him and perhaps any friend who might decide to call on him in the course of the day. If he were to travel home to Nigeria for the Eid celebrations, Sadik would have to spend over 1000 dollars for the air ticket only, which is costly. He says he made it through Ramadan by relying on regular communication with his family. Sadik still has many more years to work in Ethiopia and perhaps many more humble modest Eid celebrations. It is the spiritual satisfaction and blessings of Ramadan that have enabled many Muslim expatriates in Ethiopia to make it through the fasting period. However, they say that nothing can replace the time spent with family on such holy occasion.