ACTNews, SOUTHERN THAILAND – The joy of Eid-ul-Fitr reached Pattani province in Southern Thailand despite the fear that lingers among the local residents. About a week ago, on May 28, a bomb exploded in a Ramadan bazaar in Nong Chik, Pattani, caused by the prolonged internal conflict in their own country.
Nevertheless, despite the insecurity, happiness was showing on the faces of the Pattani children who received the Eid Packages distributed by Aksi Cepat Tanggap. These Eid packages will, hopefully, be able to alleviate their trauma and hardship that they face, as well as to bring happiness to these children.
“The children who received the Eid Gifts from our benefactors are mostly orphans that became the victims of the conflict in Pattani. There are 150 children who received the Eid Gifts,” said Sucita Ramadinda of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT, Saturday (6/8).
In addition to the Eid Gifts, Ramadinda added that ACT also handed over 100 food packages and 1,000 iftar packages for the impoverished Pattani families last Ramadan. The aid from the muhsineen in Indonesia was distributed from May 26 to June 3 in Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhlam and Pattani provinces.
“The regions in Southern Thailand are prone to internal conflict since long time ago, and the people live in difficulty because of that. We hope that this aid will ease that difficulty, especially in such festive occasion,” said Ramadinda.
The victims of the conflict in Southern Thailand often include innocent civilians such as children and teenagers. AFP mentioned that the victims of the recent bomb explosion include a 14-year-old boy and a 38-year-old woman.
They added to the long list of victims caused by the conflict that began in 2004. CNN Indonesia reported that, since the beginning of the conflict, around 7,000 have been killed due to the clashes that often erupt in Southern Thailand.