Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with Utter Happiness

"Though they are away from their homes, we hope that they can still feel the joy of Eid like they used to."

ACTNews, LEBANON – Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr are among the occasions that need to be filled with happiness. Unfortunately, happiness is a luxury for some Muslims in several countries. For the Syrians, who live thousands of kilometers away from Indonesia, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr is still filled with sadness and difficulty.

Years of conflict has forced millions of Syrians to seek refuge in neighboring countries, including in Lebanon. Some of the Syrians moved to Saida, a city in southern Lebanon. Nevertheless, their condition has not exactly improved after moving to a new place. Without permanent jobs and sources of income, fulfilling their daily needs, especially in Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, has been difficult.

Before the last Eid, Aksi Cepat Tanggap brought happiness to the Syrian refugees in Saida, Lebanon. For the Syrian children, ACT has given Eid Gifts on Sunday (6/2) and Monday (6/3). Firdaus Guritno of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT stated that the aid distribution was attended the clowns who performed for the children and made the Syrian children cheerful.

“Alhamdulillah, the aid distribution went very well. A hundred families, with each family having two to three children, have received the Eid Gifts from Indonesia. May it bring happiness of Eid-ul-Fitr to them,” said Guritno.

Not only Eid Gifts for hundreds of Syrian children, ACT through the local volunteers in Lebanon also handed out food aid to their parents. According to Guritno, this distribution aims to help the refugee children’s parents to fulfill their needs and serve typical Syrian Eid dishes for their families.

“Though they are away from their homes, we hope that they can still feel the joy of Eid like they used to, and, hopefully, they will be able to cook typical Eid dishes that they used to eat in Syria,” said Guritno.

He also mentioned that, according to ACT local volunteers in Lebanon, both the children and their parents smiled happily upon receiving the Eid packages. “They sent their best regards, thanking Indonesia and praying that Allah will bless us all,” he said. []