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Monday, April 16 2018 - 20:45
Indonesia's Largest Humanitarian Body, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Brings 1,000 Tons of Rice to Syrian Refugees
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-Following the 2,000 tons of rice sent to Gaza earlier this year, the ACT 
Humanitarian Ship keeps focusing on assisting refugees in war-affected areas
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Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)( delivered 40 containers of 
emergency aid for the Humanitarian Ship, carrying 1,000 tons of rice for Syrian 
refugees on April 15, 2018. Those containers were shipped from Baiturrahman 
Mosque in Banda Aceh to Belawan port in Medan and bound for Turkey, where 
Syrian migrants have been granted a temporary protection. The emergency aid was 
donated by Indonesian citizens and sourced from Acehnese farmers, as the 
province known as the Veranda of Mecca -always produces surplus in its rice 


The ship will sail on April 21st from the Belawan port, Medan. "It will be sent 
to Syrian refugees through Turkey. Amongst 12.5 million of Syrian refugees, 
around 3.5 million of them are in Turkey. Thus, it is important to cooperate 
with Turkey in helping those refugees," said President of ACT, Ahyudin, in his 
opening remarks. It is expected to reach Turkey within a month.

The event concluded with prayer and the release of the aid convoy to Belawan 
port by the Mayor of Banda Aceh, Aminullah, the mother of the Governor of 
Nangroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) province, and the President of ACT, Ahyudin 
accompanied by Ulema and thousands of Acehnese who flew the flags of Indonesia 
and Turkey.

In the event, a number of Indonesian Muslim scholars from Aceh to Papua came to 
give sermons, including the Saudi Arabian scholar who is now an Indonesian 
citizen, Sheikh Ali Jabeer; Acehnese religious leader Tengku HM Yusuf A. Wahab; 
Deputy of the Consultative Assembly of Acehnese Ulema, Tengku H Faisal Ali; 
Jakartan cleric, Ustaz Heriwibowo, Lc; and Papuan cleric, Ustaz Fadlan.

Sheikh Ali Jabeer expressed his happiness to accompany the departure of the 
Humanitarian Ship, bringing 1,000 tons of rice to the people of Syria who are 
being hit by misfortune.

"The 1,000 tons of rice distribution will be the beginning of prosperity for 
Aceh, even the prosperity for the Indonesian nation. Turkey can prosper because 
of its generosity to Syrian refugees, Aceh will also experience the same after 
sending 1,000 tons of this rice," said the Medina-born scholar.

Within two years, ACT has distributed more than 5,000 tons of rice and medical 
equipment to war-affected areas around the world like Myanmar, Somalia, Gaza 
and Syria.

Currently, on the global scale, ACT continues to develop networks in the form 
of representative persons to prepare ACT offices abroad. The global program 
activities have reached 43 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle 
East, Africa, Indochina and Europe. ACT's working area begins in every 
humanitarian tragedy in different parts of the world such as natural disasters, 
hunger and drought, conflicts and wars, including the oppression of minorities 
of various countries.

SOURCE Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)