This is basically the ultimate in wedding karma
It feels like barely a day goes by without a horror story about refugees and migrants hitting the headlines. But even though we know that only about 3,000 people are in Calais trying to reach the UK (out of an estimated 175,000 who have fled to the EU in the last year); even though we know that they’re so desperate that they’re willing to die trying to get away from the atrocities taking place in their own countries. And even though we know they’re in dire need of help, we continue referring to them as ‘swarms’ and ‘cockroaches’ – before campaigning for new ways to turn them away.
But one couple has had enough. Sick and tired of people forgetting to treat migrants like humans, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat cancelled their plans for the final night of their wedding reception (it’s traditional for Turkish weddings to last for days at a time), and used the money they’d saved to feed some of the 1.7 million refugees currently living in Turkey instead.
Teaming up with Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), an aid agency responsible for feeding 4000 refugees living in a camp near Kilis, on the Syrian border,the Bride and Groom hired food trucks, and spent the day serving up meals to the migrants, before taking their wedding photos in the camp too.
‘I was shocked when Fethullah first told me about the idea but afterwards I was won over by it,’ explained Bride Ezra, after the reception was cleared away. ‘It was such a wonderful experience. I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.’
‘Seeing the happiness in the eyes of the Syrian refugee children is just priceless,’ added Fethullah in an interview with the Independent. ‘We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling.’
Even the couple’s family and friends got on board. ‘Our wedding dinner is such a happy occasion for us and in the name of our Syrian brothers we wanted to employ the help of Kimse Yok Mu,’ explained the groom’s father, Ali Anant. ‘Hopefully this will be the beginning of other wedding dinners shared here with our Syrian brothers… It was certainly different’