ISTANBUL – Instead of holding their regular wedding buffet at home, a Turkish Muslim couple chose to distribute food to thousands of Syrians in the refugee camps.
The groom, Ali Üzümcüoğlu chose with his wife to distribute their wedding meal to four thousand Syrian refugees, Hududeli.net reported.
“We wanted to present our case on our happy occasion by distributing wedding dinner together with our Syrian brothers,” the groom said.
“That’s much more beautiful than what we thought. Hopefully this will also give the start for other wedding dinner to be held here with our brothers in Syria. Well, it was a different wedding dinner,” he added.
The couple used trucks of Kimse Yok Mu, international nonprofit humanitarian aid and development organization based in Turkey, to deliver food.
Arriving at the camp in their car, many refugees wanted to take picture with the bride and groom. Moreover, the wedding was attended by artist Rashid Mukhtar.
More than 211,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict between the Assad regime and opposition forces began in early 2011, according to UN figures.
Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq have taken in more than three million Syrian since the conflict began in 2011, and the refugee crisis has become the worst since World War II.
The number of children displaced inside Syria has risen to nearly 3 million from 920,000 a year ago.
Meanwhile, UNICEF said the number of child refugees has grown to 1.2 million from 260,000 since last year – 425,000 of them under 5 years old.