There was Almost No Qurbani Meat on Borang Island

This year, there has not been a single sacrificial animal slaughtered on Borang Island, Banyuasin Regency, except the qurbani animal from Global Qurban - ACT South Sumatra.

Children on Borang Island, Banyuasin, happy for the free qurbani meat. (ACTNews / Aditya Marsello)

ACTNews, BANYUASIN - Global Qurban - ACT South Sumatra was the only organization who provided qurbani meat for the people of Borang Island, Banyuasin Regency on the day of Eid al-Adha 1441 AH. Hundreds of meat packages were distributed to underprivileged residents of Borang Island, Saturday (8/1).

After a 40-minute overland journey from the city of Palembang and 15-minute journey through the River Musi using a boat. On the island, the houses are connected by worn-out, brittle, wooden footbridge.

The area of the island located on Musi River is over 400 hectares, with a population of 170 families divided into three Neighborhood Association (RT): RT 08, RT 09A, and RT 09 B.

According to the local residents, no one performed qurbani on the island this year. “We are grateful because, this year, we can taste beef from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). Alhamdulillah, thank you for coming all the way here. This year, only Global Qurban – ACT sends qurbani animals to our island,” said Maman, a local resident.

The majority of Borang islanders work as farmers, casual laborers, and fishermen. Their income is uncertain, and the pandemic has worsened their financial condition.

"We chose Borang Island to be one of the qurbani distribution locations this year because we want the qurbani meat to be enjoyed not only by the poor in urban areas, but also by the people living in remote areas that are quite far from the city center,” said Global Qurban – ACT South Sumatera Branch Manager Deni Marlesi.

In addition to Borang Island, Global Qurban - ACT also distributed 200 packages of qurbani meat to impoverished residents in a number of cities and regencies, including Palembang, Baturaja, Banyuasin, and Pagaralam.

In collaboration with the Slaughterhouse (RPH) in the city of Palembang, Global Qurban - ACT carried out the slaughtering process and the packaging at the slaughterhouse to avoid crowds and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Deni hoped that, after the qurbani season, the generous benefactors will continue to help the needy in South Sumatera. According to Deni, there are still many people who need help during this pandemic. "Let's strive for a better life," he concluded. []