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    Villagers Celebrate End of Ramadan in Shelters


    by NTDTelevision

    Thousands of villagers living near Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano in Sumatra, celebrated the end of Ramadan on Friday in their temporary shelters.

    About 30,000 villagers fled their homes within four miles from the peak when the volcano erupted on August 29. Many have found refuge in around 20 temporary shelters.

    Muslims make up 30 percent of the population that lived near Mount Sinabung.

    Government officials have asked everyone to stay in the shelters until the alert status on the volcano has been lowered.

    The alert status for the 8100 foot volcano has been raised to the highest level as its activity increased after the first eruption. On Tuesday, it had its biggest eruption since it became active last week, and experts warn there are more blasts to come.

    Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, falls on September 10 and 11. For many Indonesian Muslims, Eid al-Fitr is a time of forgiveness and "returning home to family."

    [Nurlina boru Ginting, Refugee]: (Bahasa Indonesia, female)
    "I am very sad to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the shelter, family members cannot gather. Our children do not have new clothes to celebrate as usual. I hope that this disaster end quickly and we can get back to our village again."

    Indonesia has the highest number of active volcanoes of any country, sitting on a belt of intense seismic activity known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire."