Wealthy businessmen spent time with Kurdish poor and Syrian refugees during Eid al-Adha

Date posted: October 30, 2013

Thousands of [Hizmet] businessmen and volunteers from Western Turkey spent this year’s Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) in East and South East of the country so as to strengthen the brotherhood between Kurdish and Turkish citizens, and extend a helping hand to Syrian refuges. The provinces in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey have significant Kurdish populations. People in these parts of Turkey suffer poverty and various social problems. Further, each province in those areas hosts tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Hizmet movement (aka Gulen movement) has been implementing social projects to improve the dialogue between the segments of the society such as Turkish-Kurdish, poor-rich or peasant-urbanite and also to help eradicate poverty.

In this respect some 2,000 businessmen visited Diyarbakir, 210 visited Mardin and hundreds visited Kilis. Businessmen from Istanbul, Izmir, Gaziantep, and Konya, who came to share the joy of the holiday with Syrian orphans and with the needy locals of Mardin and Diyarbakir, distributed meat and presents and received blessings in return. 210 volunteers from Bakirkoy district of Istanbul were met with flowers and the show of the local folk dance team in Mardin airport.

Villagers experienced emotional moments when they learned that famous businessmen like Faruk Gullu and Hazim Sesli came down to their village for exchanging eid congratulations. Volunteers distributed meat in Merkez Baglar and Sur districts of Diyarbakir. 90-year old Fincan Cicek hosted the businessmen from Izmir in her house. Granny Fincan laid a table and treated the guests rice and chicken. Guests, who could not hold back tears, expressed that Granny Fincan did not just lay a table for them, but in fact she opened her heart to them. Granny Fincan who became a sister family with Karagoz family from Izmir, saw her guests off with blessings: “May God give us glory and honor, and raise you near the post of prophets [in the hereafter].”

55 Hizmet volunteers from Istanbul, Konya, and Gaziantep distributed meat and gifts to Syrian refugees in Kilis. They also visited shelters and hospitals hosting Syrians. Then, 4,000 people were treated a meal in social facilities of Kimse Yok Mu Association. Some volunteer families could not hold back tears when they witnessed the situation of Syrian refugees, many of whom are orphans. Fatma Misri from Syria, who had to spend the Eid away from her homeland, lost her husband in the war. She told that she has been living in Kilis with the help of benefactors. “I have three daughters and one son. I am very grateful to the people who help us. They arranged us a place to stay.  May God bless them,” Misri said.

Nizamettin Alpsoy, 73 year-old resident of Yesiloz village of Mardin, tried to kiss the hands of businessman Faruk Gullu, who brought meat and presents to his house. Emotional moments followed. In Kurdish, Alpsoy expressed that his two sons working in Istanbul could not visit him during the Eid, and that he will feed the meat to his grandchildren. Alpsoy saw the hosts off with blessings, saying “We were not expecting meat this Eid. People in the village who can afford sacrificing an animal distribute the meat to their relatives and it barely suffices even them. You are Godsend to us.”

A tenant in a cave-house Fikret Aydogdu thanked the volunteers with the following words: “Thanks to people who remember us during the Eid, faces of my children are smiling.” The Chief of 30-house Yesiloz village Behram Akyol, emphasized that the villagers felt honored by the volunteers who left their families during the holiday to visit them for exchanging Eid congratulations. Akyol, who remarked that they could only see businessmen on television, further said: “This event strengthened our brotherhood, it doubled our happiness and their remembrance of us is a great joy.  From now on, we have brothers in Istanbul.”

Volunteers had many emotional instances where they couldn’t help their tears. Seeing the orphan Syrians and treating them with gifts, a volunteer businessman told that more donation and help is needed. Aise Hujazi, a Syrian refugee, who lost her husband in the war and is currently sharing the same place with four other families (30 people), said they had been solely relying on donations and she thanked the volunteers for their help. Ahmet Shibli is another person that escaped and took refuge in Kilis. Sharing with three families a shelter with three rooms and with an outside kitchen, Shibli was drawn to tears of joy when he saw the volunteers.

[Original news is in Turkish]


Source: Zaman Newspaper , October 17, 2013

Related News

Obama is the real turkey in this scenario

Erdogan also made a statement, calling the president of the United States “Barack,” before launching into one of his usual self-serving rants. Typical of a violent Islamist appropriating the moral high ground, the Turkish president agreed that fighting terrorism is of utmost importance. But the “terrorists” to whom he mainly referred were Gulen and the Kurds.

Prominent figures gather together at GYV iftar dinner in Istanbul

Distinguished spiritual leaders in Turkey, politicians, artists, diplomats, businesspeople and journalists came together for an iftar at İstanbul’s Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday night for an event held by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV).

UN-DESA 53rd Commission for Social Development

Journalists and Writers Foundation, Albert Schweitzer Institute, and Peace Islands Institute held a panel discussion titled “Peaceful and Cohesive Societies for Social Development,” during the UN DESA 53rd Commission for Social Development.

Turkish Cultural Center reaches out to Syracuse community to share its unique culture

The Turkish Cultural Center in Syracuse serves the local Turkish-American community. The organization strives to educate and inform the public about the many aspects of Turkey, Turkish culture and history.

Samanyolu TV, Kimse Yok Mu raise TL 65 million for quake victims

A total of TL 65,056,527 ($37 million) was donated during a live fundraising telecast on local Samonyolu TV channels and radio stations. More than 9,000 people reached out in support of the earthquake victims by sending SMS text messages during the telethon.

Turkish teacher jailed over Gülen links dies in prison due to lack of medication

Halime Gülsu, who was arrested on Feb. 20, 2018 for allegedly helping the faith-based Gülen movement, died on Saturday in prison in Mersin province, reportedly due to deprivation of the medication she took for lupus erythematosus.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Astonishing questions about the failed coup attempt in Turkey

Turkish charity sends aid supplies to Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan

Q&A: Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen

The recent fight between Kemalo-Islamism and Civil Islam

Turkey – Baby with Down syndrome suffers major health problems in absence of jailed parents

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Intellectual deviations

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News