Zakat-ul-Fitr from the Generous Brings Happiness in the Middle of Yemen's Hardships

Amid hunger and other hardships that threaten the Yemenis due to the war, Aksi Cepat Tanggap makes an effort to alleviate the grief of the underprivileged people in Taiz City by delivering a generous mandate in the form of zakat-ul-fitr. Hundreds of beneficiaries in Taiz City received the assistance on Wednesday (5/12/2021).

A child in Taiz City
The smile of a child in Taiz City, Yemen when receives zakat ul-fitr. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, TAIZEid ul-Fitr always comes with joy, as if celebrating victory day with your family with dishes served on the table. However, it is still difficult for many Yemenis who have been affected by the war.

The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) reported the current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented and is causing severe hardship for millions of people. Despite ongoing humanitarian assistance, 16.2 million Yemenis are food insecure.

The results of a study by four UN agencies estimated at least 400,000 Yemeni children under five could die of starvation this year without urgent intervention amid soaring rates of severe malnutrition driven by war and the coronavirus pandemic. One of the places where the famine occurred in the City of Taiz.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap had distributed generous zakat ul-fitr to hundreds of beneficiaries in Taiz City. This was an effort to help underprivileged people who are victims of humanitarian conflict in Taiz. In this Ramadan 1442 AH, the zakat ul-fitr from Indonesian benefactors reached the Taiz people who were affected by the war.

“We give this zakat ul-fitr to hundreds of underprivileged residents of Taiz City,” said Firdaus Guritno from the team of ACT’s Global Humanity Response, Thursday (5/13/2021).

This mandate was fulfilled to the beneficiaries on Wednesday (5/12/2021). Firdaus hoped this zakat ul-fitr could make the fellow Muslims in Yemen happy in the moment of Eid.

“Maybe they cannot celebrate Eid like us. Therefore, our hope is that the generous zakat ul-fitr can make it easier for them to celebrate Eid amid the difficulties they face,” said Firdaus.[]