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Turkey: World-renowned Syrian singer opens charity bakery

0 20.11.2019 Инфо

C/U Signer Omar Souleyman drinking tea, Akcakale
M/S Souleyman sitting with friends
M/S Souleyman sitting with friends
SOT, Omar Souleyman, singer (Arabic): "For four days I distributed [bread] for free, to everyone, both Syrians and Turks, afterwards we started distribution only for orphans and widows. We distribute around 2,400 loaves of bread to orphans and widows every day."
M/S Souleyman showing the equipment of the bakery *UPSOUND* Omar Souleyman (Arabic): "This is where the dough is prepared."
M/S Souleyman showing the equipment of the bakery *UPSOUND* Omar Souleyman (Arabic): "The dough keeps turning in there until it reaches this point."
M/S Souleyman showing the equipment of the bakery *UPSOUND* Omar Souleyman (Arabic): "The bread comes from here and goes through this way to cool down."
SOT, Omar Souleyman, singer (Arabic): "I am a normal person, I don't feel like I have to go out, I perform and return home and after every performance, I allocate something [of the earning] to the poor. Since I started performing until now, every time I earn something from a performance, I allocate part it to the poor and orphans."
M/S Souleyman preparing coffee
M/S Souleyman preparing coffee
C/U Souleyman preparing coffee
SOT, Omar Souleyman, singer (Arabic): "In Urfa, there are six bakeries, if I open a bakery in Urfa I am afraid I might have trouble with the others, therefore, I will open one in Tell Abyad, it's better. I have six unemployed sons, they would work there and at the same time we would help others."
M/S Souleyman drinking coffee
SOT, Omar Souleyman, singer (Arabic): "My performances are all in Europe, the US, Canada and Australia but I cannot live there because the social life is different, life is different there, Turkey is better for me."
W/S Souleyman outside his bakery, Akcakale
SCRIPT
Syrian Dabke singer Omar Souleyman opened a charity bakery in the town of Akcakale, on the Syrian border, where he gives away over 2,000 loaves of bread every day to those in need. Footage filmed on Wednesday shows Souleyman in his bakery.
"For four days I distributed [bread] for free, to everyone, both Syrians and Turks, afterwards we started distribution only for orphans and widows. We distribute around 2,400 loaves of bread to orphans and widows every day," Souleyman said.
His charity work did not start with the bakery, however. "After every performance, I allocate something [of the earning] to the poor. Since I started performing until this moment every time I go and return with an earning I allocate part of it to the poor and orphans," he said.
The Syrian singer announced his plans to open new bakeries in the northeastern Syrian town of Tell Abyad in Raqqa governorate.
"In Urfa, there are six bakeries, if I open a bakery in Urfa I am afraid I might have trouble with the others, therefore, I will open one in Tell Abyad, it's better. I have six unemployed sons, they would work there and at the same time we would help others."
Omar Souleyman comes from the town of Tell Tamer in northeastern Syria. He gained an international following for his traditional wedding music performances after fleeing the war and seeking refuge in Turkey.