ACTNews, GEREIDA – The chant of takbirat expressing praises and glorifications to Allah has filled the air since Tuesday (8/21) and Wednesday (8/22). Iduladha has arrived in Muslim communities and countries around the globe. During this festive moments, Global Qurban – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) visited regions throughout Indonesia and overseas to spread the blessings and happiness of qurbani to our afflicted brothers and sisters such as those impacted by humanitarian crises and natural disasters.
One of Global Qurban’s implementation areas was Gereida, a town in southwestern Sudan, part of Darfur region, near the South Sudan border. Darfur has been a conflict-ridden area for 15 years, causing instability in the region.
On Tuesday (8/21) and Wednesday (8/22), Global Qurban – ACT slaughtered 50 heads of cattle in Gereida. Firdaus Guritno of Global Qurban – ACT mentioned that fresh cuts of beef were distributed to thousands of recipients in the region.
“The number of beneficiaries reached 4,000 families, consisting of 16,000 people in total. Each family received 2 kilograms of meat,” added Guritno. He further mentioned that the slaughter and meat distribution was also done in Joghana, still located within Darfur.
Life in Gereida is difficult. Located in conflict-ridden area, it has been a destination for people who fled from the violence in Darfur and its surrounding areas. Since 2006, tens of thousands of refugees have flocked the area, making it one of the biggest refugee pockets in Darfur.
“Gereida was chosen as a qurbani distribution location because this town was affected by conflict, with the people living without adequate infrastructures and even adequate sustenance. Although meat price is not that high here, but the locals still cannot afford it. Eating fresh cuts of beef from the qurbani animals is something a luxury that they treasure,” said Guritno.
The meat distribution by Global Qurban – ACT was greatly appreciated by the locals who rarely eats meat.
“What ACT has done by distributing qurbani in Gereida is something much-needed since there has been no humanitarian aid reaching this area since the conflict erupted until early 2010,” said Ahmad Isa, a local volunteer.