A Turkish couple give up their entire wedding banquet and feed 4’000 refugees instead.

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Fethullah Uzumcuoglu and Esra Polat

  • By Mikhail Yusf
Turkish couple Fethullah Uzumcuoglu and Esra Polat had a wedding to remember as they fed 4,000 hungry Syrian refugees during their celebration. The bride and groom tied the knot in the city of Kilis, near the Syrian border, which has been flooded with refugees, fleeing the Syrian civil war.

The happy couple got the idea from the groom’s father Ali, who believed the pair should start their union by giving something back.

Ali remarked “I thought that sharing a big deliciouCLqin11UsAAA2hqs dinner with our family and friends was unnecessary, knowing that there are so many people in need living next door, 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,”

The family were helped out by the charity Kimse Yok Mu, who provided a tuck to provide the food to the refugees. All the members of the wedding reception pitched in, to help serve the meals to those in need. Hatice Avci, a spokesman for the charity, said that the couple had used the money they had received from their families to pay for all the food.

The bride was at first slightly surprised by the proposal by her now father-in-law, however, she soon came on board, stating it was a wonderful experience.

“I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”

All good couples think alike, and her thoughts were shared by her husband:

“We thought that on such a happy day, we would share the wedding party with our Syrian brothers and sisters. We thought this was best done with KimseYok Mu who could provide a truck. God willing, this will lead to others doing the same and giving food to our Syrian brothers and sisters. For us, it was an interesting wedding dinner,”

There are now an estimated 7.6 million Syrian Refugees who have been forced from their lands during this turmoil.

m.yusf@theinternational.org.uk