Friday 24 March 2017

Granddad buys bus and heads for Europe to provide 'meals on wheels' to families fleeing Syria

A Syrian family try to keep warm as they flee their homeland
A Syrian family try to keep warm as they flee their homeland
Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma. Photo: Douma Revolution via AP

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A kind hearted grandfather has been spurred into action after seeing photographs of refugees making exhausting journeys as they walk hundreds of miles across Europe.

Ghafoor Hussain (45) decided to take action in order to help families reach a place that they can start a new life.

He bought a single-decker bus and used his mechanical skills to fit it out in the style of an industrial kitchen, equipped to feed thousands of people everyday.

Hussain will embark on his second humanitarian trip next week and travel to Serbia and Macedonia where he will provide hot meals for people who need them.

Metro.co.uk reports that to-date he has spent £6,000 of his own money on the project.

"About four weeks ago I took a van full of food to the refugees in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia," the dad of four and granddad of three said.

"While I was there I discovered that the people were mostly only getting cold meals.

"I thought there must be something we can do and that’s when I came up with the idea to buy a bus and convert it into a travelling kitchen."

Hussain hopes to feed as many people as physically possible.

"My estimation is if we do continuous cooking, we should feed 8,000 to 10,000 people a day easily.

"We could even get up to 15,000 people fed," he said.

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