ACTNews, IDLIB – Two Eids that pass in a year still don’t bring happiness to the Syrians. The blessed land of Syria is still torn by civil war. Many of its people have to be displaced without carrying any of their wealth, having to start everything over from the lowest point. Ever since the conflict started, the days of Eid-ul-Adha have lost their joy.
However, it does not mean that nothing could be done for them. Efforts to bring happiness and joy to them have been done continuously each year, especially on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.
Why don’t we send qurbani meat packages to Syria?
In early September 2017, a few days before the Eid-ul-Adha 1438 AH, returning to Idlib and Aleppo in Syria became an inevitable choice.
If there’s a place in which one can take cover from the raining air missiles and bombardments in Aleppo, then Idlib is the right place. Idlib, a city at the westernmost point of Syria, bordering the city of Hatay in Turkey, was designated as a de-escalation zone, making it the safest place to evacuate from the devastating conflict.
After Aleppo was reduced to ruins, millions of evacuees swarmed Idlib. Until 2017, the number of Internally Displaced People in Idlib has reached 1.1 million of the total 6.1 million Syrian refugees.
They did not manage to salvage any of the wealth they left in Aleppo. They live in Idlib without any wealth, job, nor education.
Bringing qurbani meat packages to Idlib and Aleppo
Last year, once again, we came to Idlib. Like in the previous years, the qurbani meat packages from generous Indonesian donors are able to get into Syria.
The journey to bring the qurbani meat into Syria was told by Firdaus Guritno of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Turkey. He told us that the distribution of qurbani meat first started along the Turkey-Syria border.
“Since the day of Eid-ul-Adha, we started the first distribution along the region of Reyhanlı and Gültepe in Hatay province in Turkey. The next distribution reached the region of Tarsus and in Marsin city in Marsin province, an area densely populated by the Syrian refugees,” said Guritno.
Along with the qurbani meat distribution on the border of Turkey, Global Qurban team also got into the regions of Al-Dana, Al-Ateeb, and Al-Qasr inside Aleppo. During the last days of the Tashriq, Global Qurban team finally reached Idlib.
What did they find in Idlib? The news about 1.1 million refugees trapped in Idlib turned out to be true. Like Aleppo, the city was filled with holes caused by missiles that dropped on the city, destroying walls and buildings.
When the sun almost set on the third day after Eid-ul-Adha, prayers and words of gratefulness came from the mouths of Idlib residents. One of them was Mohammed Mar’ee As-Saloom. He came from Aleppo with nine members of his household to the city of Ayn Larouz, Idlib.
The father of eight admitted that he was surprised when the car of Global Qurban visited the small dusty alley on the side of Idlib.
“Supporting a large family in the midst of the war is not easy. We can’t go anywhere. If Idlib keeps being attacked, where should we go? I thank Allah that Eid-ul-Adha 2017 is joyful for us. The happiness of Eid from Indonesia finally reached Idlib. Thank you, Indonesia,” said As-Saloom in Idlib, early September 2017.