Mongolian Residents in Need of Fuel Aid to Face Winter

Indonesian benefactors have regularly sent aid to the Mongolian Muslims every winter to warm their houses.

Bayan Ulgii residents unloading the coal from the pickup truck onto their front yard. Aksi Cepat Tanggap has been providing fuel aid to the Mongolian Muslims every winter, (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ULGII – It was almost midnight in Bayan Ulgi Province, Mongolia. That's when the temperature dropped to the extreme level. On Saturday (1/4), the temperature plummeted to -23 Celsius.

To respond to this situation, Aksi Cepat Tanggap supported the underprivileged population in Bayan Ulgii by providing fuel aid. "We distributed coal to warm up for mosques and poor families in Mongolia," said Sucita Ramadinda from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) team - Aksi Cepat Tanggap. The fuel aid was distributed in late December 2019, from Wednesday (12/25) to Tuesday (12/31). The fuel aid benefitted 100 families and a mosque in the province located in the western part of the country

The price of fuel can be very expensive for underprivileged families in Mongolia, especially when they need a large quantity of fuel to warm their houses. They have to keep the fireplace burning to protect themselves from the freezing temperature. "The beneficiaries were Mongolian Muslim residents living below the poverty line," Sucita added.

In winter, the freezing temperature poses a threat for the Mongolian residents. The temperature can reach up to -23 degrees Celsius in December, while in April and May, the lowest temperature can reach minus 13 degrees Celsius. In Bayan Olgii Province, where the majority of the population is Muslim, coal is the primary need of the community during winter. []