Breaking the Fast with Orphans and Widows on Turkey - Syria Border

Iftar packages funded by the people of Indonesia were served to the Syrian refugees in Turkey

ACTNews, REYHANLI – The generosity of the people of Indonesia has benefitted the Syrian refugees this Ramadan. On Monday (5/21), the iftar packages were distributed to the orphans in an orphanage for Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, a city located close to Turkey – Syria border.

Firdaus Guritno of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reported that the iftar distribution aimed to benefit the refugees from orphaned families. “On last Monday, there are 80 individuals who received iftar packages. They are orphans whose families and relatives are also Syrian refugees in Turkey. This iftar distribution will be done in orphanages for Syrian refugees for the next 10 days.

The iftar packages consist of rice and spiced chicken. The iftar food was very special for these Syrian refugees.      

The orphans and single mothers who attended the iftar gathering that afternoon sat at a long table where they talked and joked while waiting for the maghrib time to come. Shortly afterward, milk, juice, vegetables, and khobz bread were prepared. The faces of the children turned bright when the food finally arrived.

Not only Reyhanli, the iftar packages from ACT also reached the Syrian Muslim families in Sanliurfa. A day beforehand, Sunday (5/19), 200 iftar packages were served in an orphanage in Sanliurfa. The attendees of the iftar gathering were attended by orphans, elderlies, and widows.

Prior to the iftar distribution, the Syrian refugees in Turkey also received khobz bread packages, foodstuff packages, and medicines.

The Khobz distribution was initiated by ACT in 2016. At that time, a bakery in Kilis provides fresh loaves of bread for the Syrian refugees, supported by the generosity of the people of Indonesia. In 2018, ACT started collaborating with a bakery in Reyhanli.

To date, there are 450,000 Syrian refugees living in Sanliurfa, as mentioned by Reliefweb. Over 3.6 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey at the moment. []