For Kashmir’s Orphans, it will be third Eid in a row amid pandemic
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For Kashmir’s Orphans, it will be third Eid in a row amid pandemic

For Kashmir’s Orphans, it will be third Eid in a row amid pandemic

We haven’t allowed children to visit their respective homes given Covid spike, say heads of top Orphanages

Sajidah Yousuf

SRINAGAR, May 12: With the deadly pandemic holdings its tight grip all over the Kashmir, the orphans here studying or residing in the hostels of various orphanages will celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr all alone without their family members for the third consecutive year.

The news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) spoke to some of the officials of the orphanages to know as to how the orphans residing over there will celebrate this Eid amid pandemic.

Officials at the Chinar Kashmir Orphanage said that the children staying there will celebrate the Eid-Ul-Fitr in the hostels because of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The official also said that the family member or the relatives usually used to visit the orphanage to meet their beloved ones but in the view of pandemic there are least possibilities of allowing them to meet their children in the hostel or allowing the children to go out.

“Surge in COVID-19 cases is the only reason for not allowing our children celebrate Eid at their respective homes. Their safety matters most,” the official said.

Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Yateem Trust, Zahoor Ahmad Tak said that as of now only three girls are in the hostel and rest of the girls left earlier for their homes to celebrate the Eid.

“We have 14 orphanages with more than 550 orphans residing in the hostels. The trust is availing all the facilities needed to celebrate the Eid for the orphans residing in the trust like a normal person is enjoying at home. There is no curtailment in these facilities,” Tak said

“This is the third consecutive Eid that orphans are celebrating in pandemic,” he added.

In the meantime, officials of the orphanage told KNO that the founder and chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Yateem Trust Zahoor Ahmad Tak always offers Eid prayers with the orphans and give them Eidi as well—(KNO)


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For Kashmir’s Orphans, it will be third Eid in a row amid pandemic