ACTNews, BANJUL, DOKOLO, PALLISA, NATUMBA, KHARTOUM –It’s hard to imagine living in a conflict-ridden country. Apart from insecurity, the people in the war-torn countries also suffer from the economic collapse and food scarcity caused by the humanitarian crisis un Africa that persists to this day.
In the holy month of Ramadan, their condition still does not get any better.
In the month of Ramadan, the generosity of the Indonesians channeled through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reached Africa in order to ease the humanitarian crisis in Africa. Food aid in the form of iftar packages were distributed.
Iftar in a mosque and a University in Gambia
On Sunday (5/26) afternoon, it was an unforgettable moment for hundreds of worshippers in Uthman bin Affan mosque in Old Yundum, Gambia. Large trays of rice and meat were arranged in rows on the courtyard of the mosque. As the maghrib time came near, the worshippers began sitting neatly, ready to relish the nutritious and delicious iftar dishes.
Apart from Uthman ibn Affan Mosque, the iftar feast was also held in a university. “The food aid in the form of iftar packages were also distributed to the students and lecturers at Alhikmah University on Tuesday (5/28). Around 150 beneficiaries received the iftar aid that day,” reported Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).
Sharing with the economically underprivileged in Uganda
The iftar aid also reached the Muslims in Dokolo, Pallisa, and Natumba Districts of Uganda. The iftar distributions were held in late May, from Monday (5/27) to Thursday (5/30).
Rice with meat and fruit juice were served. In late afternoon, the beneficiaries began to gather and sit in rows. When the maghrib time finally came, they gratefully savor the iftar dishes.
“This Ramadan, 620 beneficiaries received the iftar aid from the people of Indonesia. They are the locals who live in poverty,” explained Rudi Purnomo of GHR – ACT, reporting about the iftar in Uganda.
Iftar with the worshippers in Sudan
The generosity of Indonesia also reached the Eastern African country of Sudan. The iftar distribution took place in the capital city of Khartoum for two weeks.
“The iftar distribution in Sudan took place from May 13 to 26. In total, 2,800 have benefitted from this distribution, mostly consisting of poor families and worshippers in the mosques of Khartoum,” reported Purnomo.
The people of Khartoum gratefully accepted the iftar aid from the muhsineen in Indonesia. They cooked the iftar dishes themselves, happy that the generosity of their fellow Muslims reached them across the seas and oceans.