By Zubair Khalil Khan
It is Meckneheim, a city near Bonn, which has become the focal point for the food preparation, packing and its distribution in the flood affected area of Germany. Even German Army, Police and other departments helping in the restoration of infrastructure are also benefiting from this food.Mr Khawar Iftikar and Shahid latif Anjum from HF Germany are the main catalystors in this whole project. Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Germany is providing required manpower for smooth running.
When disaster occurs many humanitarian organisations converge to the affected area and extend help. However with passage of time inconsistency steps in and many organizations disappear from the scene.However with Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Humanity Fisrt and Khuddamul Ahmadiyya is a different scenario. National Head of AMJ Germany, Mr Abdullah Wagishauser, while presiding a meeting on 22.07.2021, pledged to continue extending help in flood affected area and by the blessings of Almighty Allah the pledge holds good until today, 31.07.2021 and likely to continue in near future also. Inschallah.
Ahmadiyya Kitchen, administered by Humanity First, located in Bonner Strasse in the city of Meckenheim near Bonn, attracted media and notables of the city. This kitchen is established in the courtyard of an house which belongs to an Ahmadi, Mr Saeed Bhatti, and was under water during the initial days of the flood. Mr Hans Dieter Wirtz, First Administrator of the City of Meckenheim, visited it to see for himself and to express his heartfelt thanks to the volunteers. What is done here is extraordinary. Without any personal connection to the flood victims, these people put all their energy into helping their fellow human beings. That’s just great,” said Hans Dieter Wirtz, enthusiastic about the work on site.
Regional Newspaper Blick in its issue of 29.07.2021 reported about the field kitchen in Meckenheim, “Here few cooks operate the gas stoves, while other helping hands fill the meals and make them ready for shipment, hundreds of meals a day. Affected Meckenheim residents who come directly to the courtyard are also served. In order to cope with this workload, the volunteers travel from the Frankfurt region in the early hours of the morning and do not leave Meckenheim again until late in the afternoon, when even the last pot has been washed. They receive invaluable support from the citizens of Meckenheim, who have contributed equipment such as tables and chairs, or are involved in serving the food. “A big thank you to all of you,” said Hans Dieter Wirtz, extending the warmest greetings of Mayor Holger Jung to the entire team”.