Nutritious Qurbani Meat to Help the Syrian Refugees

The refugees in Hatay, Turkey, are difficult to find jobs. They have no access to nutritious food such as meat. Last Eid al-Adha, their hope for nutritious meat dishes came true when Global Qurban delivered qurbani meat packages to the Syrian refugees.

ACTNews, REYHANLI - The civil war that tear Syria apart for the past eight years has not ended. According to the report of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) as of March 2019, more than 370,000 people died in the conflict. As many as 112,000 of whom were civilians, 21,000 of whom were children and 13,000 of them were women.

The conflict not only results in a massive amount of casualties, but also waves of refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that of the 5,625,881 people displaced, 3,614,108 of them live in Turkey. One of the areas where they live is the city of Reyhanli in Hatay Province.

Mustafa Kanaan, Global Qurban partner in Turkey, said that Syrian refugees have difficulty obtaining food. Their income is not enough to buy staple food.

"Poverty is afflicting them because they have no permanent income. Food is too expensive for them to afford. Many also cut their food expense for other needs, causing lack of food, "Mustafa said. He added that the government continued to try to help the refugees from Syria, but their needs are far higher than the provided aid.

Therefore, not only the government and citizens of Turkey that were involved in helping the Syrians. In Eid al-Adha 2018, Indonesian people through Global Qurban slaughtered dozens of goats for 1,430 Syrian refugees.

"Yes, they suffer from food insecurity because of the difficult conditions experienced by refugees. The meat consumption of the refugees themselves is at least 2.5 kilograms per month for five family members, " Mustafa explained.

Mohammed Jattal felt who lived in the Hatay region confirmed what Mustafa had stated. Jattal had to support 12 family members. Unfortunately, the injuries he got from the conflict in Syria made him unable to walk without a walking stick. It's hard for him to get a job with this condition. He is very grateful for the presence of this qurbani that he received.

"It's very difficult for me to get a job because of my disability. Getting a job requires a qualified physical condition, so the basic needs become difficult to fulfill. But today I get 2.5 kilograms of meat for me and my family. This is the first meat we eat after three months, "Jattal said at the time. The sacrificial meat was immediately processed into delicious and nutritious dishes.

Having the same disabilities as Jattal, Samia Kadam also found it difficult to find work to support her four children. Her husband had died in Syria so she had to support her own children.

"I finally went to Hatay to protect the children from murders and shootings. But here, I cannot find a job that can help me meet the needs of my family, so I solely depend on humanitarian assistance," said Kadam who received 2.5 kilograms of meat for his family. "With this, I can cook nutritious food for my children this month," she added.

As the Syrians are still in need of humanitarian assistance, Global Qurban plans to return to visit the Syrian refugees in Eid al-Adha 1440 AH. The Indonesian people, through Global Qurban, will return to deliver the nutritious qurbani meat to the Syrian refugees, while sharing Eid al-Adha happiness with them. []