Separated during Ramadan, united in celebration
Farhiya Mohamed usually spends Ramadan at her sister’s house. When the sun sets, rice dishes and dates cover the table and upwards of 50 guests crowd together. But this year is different, COVID-19 has placed limits on gatherings for the Seattle-area Muslim community and the pandemic keeps family and friends apart. Mohamed and other families are struggling to stay connected while they must stay apart. As the executive director of the Somali Family Safety Task Force, Mohamed and her organization are finding ways to spread joy and help others celebrate during their time of need in the holiest month by bringing meals, supplies and joy to people’s homes.