A 102-year-old man who raised hundreds of kilos throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has held a second’s silence at his dwelling alongside refugees from Ukraine and different nations.
Dabirul Islam Choudhury was awarded an OBE for elevating £420,000 after Captain Sir Tom Moore impressed him to stroll laps of his backyard in Bow, east London whereas fasting for Ramadan.
On Saturday, he welcomed folks from all around the globe to his dwelling to help Ukrainian refugees and lift cash for the charitable initiative Ramadan Household Dedication.
Members of the Ukrainian group who’ve been just lately displaced as a result of Russian invasion noticed 102 seconds of silence led by Mr Choudhury, who’s fasting once more, within the backyard of his communal residence.
And folks from greater than 300 cities the world over and nations together with Bangladesh, Canada, India, Pakistan and Turkey tuned in to the stay stream to participate within the occasion.
One man, Akke Rahman, who’s believed to be the primary British Bangladeshi Muslim to climb Mount Everest whereas fasting, additionally joined the occasion’s stay stream from the bottom camp in Nepal.
Mr Choudhury and members of his group then spoke to refugees in regards to the struggle in Ukraine within the backyard.
Talking to Sky Information, Mr Choudhury mentioned he was moved to launch the second of silence initiative for people who find themselves in want and people who have died within the struggle.
“I’ve full sympathy and full help for them,” he mentioned.
“I pray for them. They need to cease. They need to perceive one another. Preventing won’t ever resolve the issue.”
In an interview with PA information company, he added: “T. are lots of people t. who’re with out meals. T. are lots of people t. who’re hungry. T. are lots of people t. who’re dying. I wish to help them.”
“In the event you assist anyone, you’re going to get the good thing about it. I want to see that the people who find themselves quarrelling ought to cease their quarrelling,” he added.
On the 102-second silence, he mentioned: “One minute is nothing, we’re supporting them with the signal of 1 minute.
“I’ll inform mankind to assist others and God will assist others.”
Mr Choudhury turned well-known throughout the pandemic when he raised tons of of hundreds of kilos for COVID-19 victims and the NHS by strolling daily throughout the month of Ramadan whereas fasting.
“I assumed the disaster is over and that the pandemic is over. I by no means thought I might see at the present time, w. the folks of Ukraine are crying and in determined want of help,” he beforehand mentioned.
“Refugees, moms and kids are struggling. I am unable to simply sit and watch for the struggle to finish; we should do one thing now”.
Ellie, 16, who left behind her dad and mom in Ukraine to stick with a relative within the UK, mentioned: “My dad and mom are within the struggle zone, I do not know when I’ll see them once more. However the love and help I am receiving from Dabirul and others give me hope. Younger Ukrainians are grateful for this initiative”.
Yuliia Nikolaichuk, a 30-year-old physician from the Ukrainian metropolis of Chernihiv who fled the nation final month, joined the occasion and mentioned she wished to do one thing to assist folks again at dwelling.
“It was 15 March and we made the choice to depart Ukraine, t. was no meals,” she mentioned.
Ms Nikolaichuk and her five-year-old son Nikita made it to London after two weeks in Poland and at the moment are staying with a household underneath the federal government’s refugee scheme.
On how the struggle has uprooted her life, she mentioned: “We had different plans for our lives. I would not have any plans now. I have no idea how we’ll stay the following few days and the following few years.”