ACTNews, MALI - The Madrasa in Djoro Village did not look like what schools commonly look like. The exterior of the building looked rough as they were built using clay. If we peek inside, we’ll see that there are no chairs on which the students can sit There were only brick blocks lined up in front of the blackboard.
On Sunday (8/11), the field near the madrasa was filled with the local residents because it was one of the locations where the qurbani animals from Global Qurban – ACT were slaughtered. The cattle were donated by the benefactors in Indonesia. That day in Djoro Village, 25 cows were distributed in the village located in the Province of Ségou.
"In the Djoro region itself on Eid this year, we will allocate 25 cows. As for the entire region in Mali itself, we have provided hundreds of cows that we will distribute at several points," said Firdaus Guritno from the Global Qurban-ACT team, last Friday (8/16).
The slaughtering locations, said Firdaus, were spread across dozens of regions in Mali. Besides Djoro, the sacrifice was also carried out in the City of Segou, Kota Kita, as well as Bamako, the capital of Mali, which is divided into four cutting points.
These areas were chosen because many of their residents are economically underprivileged. Firdaus said that there are still many people there who are living in economic difficulty and in need of food aid.
"In Mali, there are indeed many who still live below the poverty line. Although they are mostly farmers, they rarely eat meat. They don’t even eat the rice that they cultivate themselves. They sell it, and they eat imported rice whose quality is worse than the rice that they cultivate themselves, " Firdaus said.
A report from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in November 2018 noted that 34,000 people in Mali were starving and were very dependent on humanitarian assistance. Most cases of starvation occur because of internal conflicts that have ravaged the country.
" “More than a third of those who are fleeing violence are mothers with their children, left alone to fend for themselves. Men, afraid to be targeted by armed groups, often go hide in the bush with close to nothing to survive,” explains Hassane Hamadou, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Mali.
The drought that affects Africa also poses a problem for them. A report from the UN children's agency, UNICEF in May 2018, said that more than five million people in the Sahel region of West Africa needed food assistance to prevent famine due to drought. The areas that are most at risk include Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, South Mauritania, and Northern Senegal, and Mali.
The UN agency estimates that at least 1.3 million food packages are needed to rescue the most vulnerable people. However, they only got 700 thousand packages that year. Such is the harsh condition in parts of Africa there and really need help. Firdaus is therefore very grateful to the benefactors who have given this Eid Al-Adha gift to Muslim brothers in Mali.
"Hopefully the qurbani we share can be a blessing for the people of Mali in Eid Al-Adha. Thank you to the generous people who have given their best qurbani to the people of Africa," Firdaus said.