Eid festival in quake-hit Pishan, Xinjiang

In Pishan, a county in Xinjiang hit by earthquake earlier this month, Muslims celebrated Eid in temporary shelters.

SOUNDBITE: Pishan resident
“After the quake, the government quickly set up temporary shelters for us. Today they also offered us some daily necessities, so that we can enjoy the Eid festival.”

The 6.5-magnitude quake hit Pishan on July 3 and left 3 dead and 71 injured.

During Ramadan Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink from sunrise to dusk. And for some, the summer heat is a further test of endurance for both body and spirit.

SOUNDBITE: Pishan resident
“The government has been offering us food, so that we will not go hungry. Our biggest hope now is a speedy rebuilding of our homes.”

Officials say relevant departments have started renovation of homes damaged in the quake, and supermarkets and restaurants have opened for business.

Xinjiang, a region in China’s far west, has some 24,000 mosques, and is home to more than 13 million Muslims.

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