Kyiv, Ukraine – Mosab Albasyouni describes Ukraine, the place he has lived for six years, as his “second homeland”.
However when Ramadan comes round every year, the 24-year-old medical scholar from Gaza feels a pang of homesickness.
“Throughout the holy month, after all, there’s a higher environment in Palestine,” he says, “particularly the social side that happens then in our society, between folks and their family.”
After consuming suhoor – the pre-sunrise meal Muslims devour earlier than commencing the day’s quick – along with his cousin Hadi, who’s briefly staying with him, he completes his morning prayers.
Mosab’s days are stuffed with research as he prepares for his medical exams and this busy schedule means he can not be part of his associates who meet on the metropolis’s Islamic Cultural Centre for iftar, the night meal that breaks the quick.
However earlier than leaving their residence every morning, Mosab and Hadi all the time put together typical Palestinian dishes for iftar – as a small reminder of their households again dwelling.
“Ramadan in Ukraine is troublesome due to the loneliness you’re feeling while you stay overseas – however I thank God anyway,” Mosab says.