While Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr at the end of the month of fasting, thousands of migrant workers in Singapore have had to go on quarantine holidays because the novel corona virus has broken out in their dormitories.
To cheer them up, Singaporean company Dushyant Kumar, his wife and a team of chefs cooked a giant biryani for a Sunday night oath festival for at least 600 migrants. Kumar used a family recipe for the South Asian rice dish, which was often eaten on festive occasions.
"When you are with your family, you can usually enjoy this kind of dishes because everyone will cook and eat, but here these people are alone," he said, trying the dish that was cooked in large pots. The kitchen of a restaurant. There are approximately 300,000 foreign workers in Singapore, most of them from Bangladesh, China and India, and most of them in purpose-built dormitories in rooms with bunks for 12 to 20 men.
"So we want to make sure they don't feel left out," said Kumar, whose initiative is supported by donors and a non-governmental organization.
"The smile on your face gives you a lot of satisfaction," said Kumar, who has been monitoring the delivery of more than 1,000 meals a day to quarantined migrants since early April. The government has stated that employers must provide workers with sufficient food during this ban, but it is also working with charities to make up for any shortfalls.
There were more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases in Singapore, one of the highest in Asia, with the vast majority of migrant infections in their dormitories.