BY: MATTHEW CHIN
A selfless bride and groom decided to celebrate their wedding dinner by feeding 4,000 hungry Syrian refugees.
In the Kilis Province on the outskirts of Syria, thousands of struggling refugees displaced from the Syrian civil war lined up for a wedding dinner delivered by the couple.
According to the United Nations Population Fund, as of March 2015, more than half of all Syrians have been forced from their homes, leaving 7.6 million displaced within Syria and 3.9 million living as refugees in neighbouring countries.
Sawssan Abdelwahab fled Syria with her two children and is now in a refugee camp near the Turkish-Syrian border
Photo credit: Zohra Bensemra
Refugees cross from Syria into Turkey
Unable to sit on the sidelines while refugees struggle to obtain basic needs, Turkish couple Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu, 24, and Esra Polat, 20, donated part of their wedding savings in order to share their wedding festivities with nearby refugees.
“I thought that sharing a big delicious dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door,” said Ali in i100.co.uk. “So I came up with this idea and shared it with my son. I’m very happy that he accepted it and they started their new happy journey with such a selfless action.”
To help refugees get basic necessities, the couple donated their savings to the Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (KYM), which provides hot meals for refugees and typically feeds about 4,000 refugees per day around the Kilis Province. Operating in 113 countries, this organization with over 220,000 volunteers has helped to provide relief for displaced people all across the globe. In Turkey alone, the organization has helped over 200,000 families inside Turkey.
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Hatice Avci, a spokeswoman for the charity, told Mashable: “We wanted to help our Syrian brothers. We’re really surprised that the photos of our wedding dinner went around the world. We didn’t expect that. We would like to thank everyone for the best wishes. We think we’ve made an investment in happiness by sharing our dinner with Syrian refugees living in our city.”
“Seeing the happiness in the eyes of the Syrian refugee children is just priceless. We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling,” groom Üzümcüoğlu told i100.co.uk.