Fauzi Baadilla's Experience When Distributing Aid in Idlib

ACT Volunteer and Indonesian Actor Fauzi Baadilla revealed his experience when distributing aid in Idlib, Syria with the ACT team earlier this January.

Indonesian actor Fauzi Baadilla visiting Idlib, Syria, with Aksi Cepat Tanggap team to distribute staple food packages. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, KAYSERI, JAKARTA - "Wow, it was a mixed feeling," said Fauzi Baadilla, an Indonesian actor and ACT Volunteer, during a teleconference with the Aksi Cepat Tanggap team in Jakarta on Friday (1/18). At that time, Fauzi had been in Kayseri, Turkey for more than one week with Firdaus Guritono from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - ACT. In a series of humanitarian actions last week, Fauzi and Firdaus entered the region to Idlib, Syria.

For Fauzi, things were quite tense when he was in Idlib. "During the distribution of aid in the center of Idlib City, a Syrian suddenly grabbed my head and turned my gaze towards the sky. I thought it was a joke, it turned out that there was another fighter plane that launched 4 missiles at once right before my eyes," narrated Fauzi.

When he saw warplanes right in front of him, Fauzi was shocked and could do nothing but to recite the shahada. After calming down for a few minutes, he and Firdaus headed for the car to drive north to Salqin. "There (in Salqin), we stayed overnight in a dormitory for Qur'an students and continued to distribute aid the next day," continued Fauzi. He thanked Allah for saving him.

Besides the life-threatening moments, he also felt the difficulties faced by the Syrian IDP. Once he spent a night with them in a tent made only of thin layers of tarpaulin. The biting cold that seeped through the tent and the explosions that continued through the night really saddened him.

"The tent was very thin. I was going to sleep when suddenly I heard explosions outside. I immediately jumped up and prayed for fear of the stray bullets. It really breaks my heart to see walls holed by missiles and shattered windows," said Fauzi.

He was also extremely moved when he heard the Syrian IDP thanking him and the people of Indonesia repeatedly. "They mentioned our names over and over again. That was one of the things that really touched my heart. They specifically pray for Indonesians who help them. Our brothers in Idlib, from the small children to the adults, sent their greetings to Indonesia,” said Fauzi excitedly.

This January, Aksi Cepat Tanggap delivered winter assistance in the form of more than 20 tons of staple packages and 50 tons of flour that will be processed into bread packages. Simultaneously, in the northern Idlib region, winter aid, hot meals, blankets and other assistance will soon be distributed.

For almost a decade throughout the Syrian civil war, ACT has participated in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian population through a number of humanitarian programs. Since 2012, ACT has frequently distributed aid to the Syrians through a number of sustainable humanitarian programs such as the provision of food, clothing, medical service, education aid, and others.

"A number of programs have been prepared, including the distribution of 1,000 staple packages, 2,000 bread packages, winter gear (warm clothing, blankets, pillows, mattresses, fuel, etc.), 24 m² emergency houses, and 10 units of buses that will be on standby to help to evacuate during an attack. Until now, we will continue to work with all elements both in Indonesia and overseas in planned and measured humanitarian actions and programs," said the Director of Global Humanity Response – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Bambang Triyono during a press conference at the ACT Head Office, Thursday (1/16). []