The humanitarian Sikh group group which provides langar to the needy has reached the war-torn Syria also. Punjabi Non-resident Indians (NRI) based in Syria collaborated with locals in Syria have opened a bakery to ensure the Yazidis get freshly baked breads every morning. There are almost 14,000 refugees in Syria who do not get proper food on daily basis. In an attempt to help the suffering, Sikhs has made their community kitchen, Langar Aid available in Syria. It is an extension of the UK based NGO Khalsa Aid located in Pesh Harbour area. It is about 35km from the Kurdish city of Duhok and 10km from the Syrian border.
The Langar Aid set up a bakery because ISIS, militant organisation were destroying Yazidi’s food in the city. After Khalsa’s help, the local government in Duhok made a new building available where the bakery can function. According to a Times of India Report, a volunteer was quoted saying, “We set up a bakery at a refugee camp for Yazidi people to provide a self-sustaining solution. Support in the form of food for distressed people has been there for over a year now and organizations from Sweden are helping run the bakeries. Help is also pouring in from Serbia and Greece.”
On Lebanon-Syrian border, the organization is running a school accommodating 5,000 local children. The Aid group also wants to go across the border and make food available to people in need. (14 pictures of Syrian refugees fleeing Hungarian police that tell you the story of the Syrian crisis)
Ravi Singh, CEO of Khalsa Aid said, “Refugees often mistake us for IS because of our appearance. I was there about two months back and it was a very overwhelming experience. It was poignant to meet a family that had fled from their homes with their 10-monthold child and they were pleasantly surprised to find aid in the middle of nowhere. Then there was an elderly lady who still wanted to return to her village she had built after years of hard work. The situation will get more challenging as winter sets in.”