Tuesday 20 March 2018

Meet the couple who invited 4,000 refugees to their wedding

The bride and groom serving food to their 4,000 guests
Pic: @kimseyokmu
The bride and groom serving food to their 4,000 guests Pic: @kimseyokmu

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A Turkish bride and groom decided to share their joy on their wedding day by inviting 4,000 Syrian refugees to eat with them and celebrate in the southern Turkish city of Kilis.

Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, got married in a province near the Syrian border last week and invited some of the refugees who have fled the country since the civil war which began four years ago.

Turkey has welcomed almost two million Syrian refugees and in Kilis, there are 4,000 refugees that a Turkish charity which provides help to millions across the world, is responsible for providing food to.

The idea for sharing their special day with those less fortunate was that of the groom's father, Ali Üzümcüoğlu.

He told Serhat Kilis newspaper that he hoped others would do the same and share their wedding celebrations with their Syrian brothers and sisters.

"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 Kimse Yok 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," he said

The father also said he was glad that the couple began a new life "with such a selfless action".

Wedding guests shared food using trucks, and those providing meals included the bride and groom themselves.

"It was such a wonderful experience," bride Esra said.

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

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