ACTNews, SOUTH DARFUR - The long distance and difficult access to South Darfur did not stop Global Qurban's intention to bring the gift of qurbani packages from the people of Indonesia to the Sudanese citizens. After flying for 1.5 hours to Niyala and driving for 4 hours to South Darfur, Global Qurban team finally arrived at the distribution location.
South Darfur is a state in Sudan with the total area of 127,300 square kilometers. South Darfur is not only inhabited by local residents, but also by thousands of refugees from other places in Sudan. Since 2006, South Darfur, which is trapped amidst internal conflict, has become one of the largest refugee camps especially in the Gereida, Joghana and Juju regions.
Ismail Bey, a Global Qurban partner in Sudan revealed that as many as 16,000 residents of South Darfur received bags of qurbani meat. "The unemployment rate in South Darfur is very high, and the economic condition of the people is very difficult. They were very happy when they received qurbani meat. Many of them sent their best regards to the Indonesian people," said Ismail.
Among the recipients was Ahmad Muhammad Djibril (62), a Sudanese refugee who settled in the Gereida region. Ahmad felt that, through sacrificial meat, the Indonesian society can strengthen their bond of Islamic fraternity regardless of ethnicity, race, language or color.
"We will always remember the Indonesian people and we look forward to your return in the upcoming Eid al-Adha (2019)," Ahmad said.
While according to Ahmet Isa (29), the efforts made by the Indonesian people to perform qurbani in Gereida was something right to do because after the conflict that raged until early 2010, humanitarian assistance rarely reached the area.
"Thank you to Indonesia for giving their assistance to us. Here in the countryside far from the city, we have many cows in our area, but we cannot afford to eat them, "Ahmet said.
In the upcoming Eid al-Adha, Insha Allah, Global Qurban will return to greet the Sudanese refugees who are affected by the conflict, since evacuating to safer areas does not necessarily give them a better life.