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Mobile Kitchen Feeding Refugees Around Europe

Europe has recently become a sort of safe-haven for refugees fleeing their war-torn countries. One man has observed that these people are usually left with no food. So he came up with an idea that would help solve this hunger issue for many refugees- a mobile kitchen!

Palestinian-British Ghafoor Hussain doesn’t consider cold sandwiches something anyone should eat when in such a situation as theirs.

“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”

So, for years, he has been taking it upon himself to dedicate all his time to serving hot food to these Syrian refugees arriving all over Europe.

Mobile Kitchen
Photo Credit: Adeline Sire | Ghafoor Hussain and his brother Fazel stand outside Ghafoor’s bus-turned-mobile kitchen.

Now, he’s rolling around on his new bus, his mobile kitchen, that’s now being managed by Al Khair Foundation, currently in Polikastro, North of Greece, dishing out hot meals to all the hungry refugees! Hussain receives donations from several associations and donors, so he doesn’t worry about running out of money to carry on this project.

His goal is to feed around 15,000 refugees daily, and as of January 2016, he has been based at the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk, in northern France. So far, Ghafoor feeds around 5,000 refugees per day, which even inspired a musical artist from , a unique musical production organization, to write a song about it called “5,000 a Day”, which he put up for download in order to raise donations to keep the bus going!

Ghafoor didn’t stop there. He noticed the refugees needed more than just food, they were in dire need of medical treatment. So a gofundme campaign was started to help raise donations for his new bus, a mobile Medical Services Facility. The funds will be used to help pay for the cost of purchase, conversion, medical supplies as well as being used to pay for food supplies for the existing mobile kitchen.

Mobile Kitchen
Photo Credit: gofundme.com

If more people take up ideas like this, it could solve world hunger!

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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