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Preparations for the sacrifice

Driving home in the dense Dhaka traffic tonight took about half an hour longer than usual… buses everywhere packed with people returning to their villages and animals being herded on the main roads. That’s because in a couple of days Bangladeshi’s will celebrate Qurban Eid. On Saturday, the streets of the capital will be awash with blood as Muslims who can afford to will sacrifice their best domestic animals (usually sheep, but also camels, cows, and goats) as a symbol of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) willingness to sacrifice his son. According to the Qur’an, the meat should be divided into three portions, one for the poor, one for the relatives and neighbors, and the last to keep for oneself. The remainder is kept for the family celebration meal in which relatives and friends are invited to share.  Unfortunately my camera has packed up, but my thanks to Sarah Bauman for this picture. 

Eid Bangladesh

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  • Me, Charles and Mike at AIB awards in London

    Me, Charles and Mike at AIB awards in London

    At a glittering ceremony in London last night, Feba’s “Chrysolite” studio in a suitcase was one of five entries short-listed for an Association of International Broadcasters award under the category of ‘most innovative technology’.  Well it didn’t win, but getting to that stage is a pretty good effort and the fact that it is currently running an emergency radio station in Padang following the earthquake, shows its importance to people in hard places.

    The winner  was France 24 who had pioneered a way of getting news onto the iPhone.   Interesting… I thought delivering news onto the iPhone had been around a while.  Ah well…

    But when it comes to innovative technology… I think all the awards pail into insignificance with this delightful bit of local improvisation – Africa’s answer to the walkman.

    African Walkman

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