Breaking Fast in Banda Aceh

Fellows 2015

By Carey Wagner

July 13, 2015

One of the advantages of reporting during Ramadan in Banda Aceh is that people are constantly inviting us to break fast with them.

Last night, on our way to a family dinner in a village on the outskirts of town, we passed something we hadn’t seen before: a mosque with hundreds of men gathering outside, laying out tarps and dishing out heaping plates of curry while they waited for the sun to come down.

We were the only women present, and we were asked to stay on the periphery of the mosque as the men passed us vegetable buns and strips of banana and coconut jelly, so we’d be ready to break fast too. 

Here is a rough, somewhat improvised recording of their Berbuka Puasa.

Ruth Morris and Carey Wagner are reporting on religion in Indonesia with a grant from the International Reporting Project (IRP).