The Bereket Convoy, which was founded 13 years ago by the Bayrampaşa Municipality, an Administrative Board Member of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), for the first time with the slogan ‘Brotherhood does not have limits’ brought together about 100 thousand Muslims in 8 countries and 19 cities in Balkans this year at iftar meals.
Berekey Convoy of Bayrampaşa Municipality completed its trip this year by gathering people in iftar and cultural meals visiting country by country city by city in Balkans for the 14th time during Ramadan. The Convoy organized its first iftar program on 17 May 2018 in Arriana of Rhodope in Greece and the last organization made by the Convoy was on 14 June 2018 in Kardzhali of Bulgaria. The Convoy with its 12 vehicles got ground for 6.000 km.
The Convoy, which gathered almost 100.000 people in different cities of Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria, had the interest of Muslims living in Balkan geography. The iftar organizations in Balkans were participated especially by Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner and also President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic, politicians, bureaucrats, religious officials, artists, representatives of NGOs and many other guests.
In the brotherhood iftar programs organized in Balkans Quran was recited, religious hymns were sung and folk dances were performed. In addition to the iftar menu, the guests were also treated with “lokma” desert and Ottoman paste. Besides, various plays were staged for children. With the iftar programs organized by Bayrampaşa Municipality, young and old alike, all people living in Balkan region went back to the old Ramadan days.
“We have a strong emotional bond with Balkans”
Talking at the iftar program in Belgrade and stating that Ramadan project in Balkans is an international brotherhood project, Mayor of Bayrampaşa Atila Aydıner said, “With our Ramadan project in Balkans that we have developed day by day for 14 years, we created a brotherhood and peace bridge between Balkans and Turkey. We have historical and cultural bonds and also love for Balkans. We didn’t leave our brothers alone there. With these emotions, again we settled to meet our brothers in Balkans, felt the generosity of Ramadan with our Muslim brothers living in Balkan geography and said “amen” together. We are determined to carry out these bonds and create new emotional bonds between Balkans and Turkey.”