AAccording to data from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, around 80,000 international students study in the country, with the largest number coming from India, followed by Morocco, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Nigeria. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting grim situation in the country left these students stranded and scared for their safety.
Over the past two days, students and their families have mobilized on social media, sharing the location of their shelters in Ukraine, calling for emergency supplies and calling on their respective national governments to evacuate them from the blight-torn country. the war.
Amid this chaos on the ground, a heartwarming video emerged of a ‘Langar on a train’ feeding starving students on their way to the Ukraine-Poland border. The viral video, shared by Ravinder Singh (founder-CEO of Khalsa AID) on Twitter, shows students eating food served in the langar on a moving train.
#Ukraine: Guru Ka Langar on a train
These guys were lucky enough to get on this train that travels from eastern Ukraine to the west (to the Polish border)
— ravinder singh (@RaviSinghKA) February 25, 2022
The tweet also mentions that Hardeep Singh provided langar meals and assistance to many students from different countries. As several netizens have shared, this video rekindles hope in humanity at a time when social media is awash with heartbreaking visuals from Ukraine.
Interestingly, Ukraine is not the first time that langar – a concept of communal cooking in Sikhism, where people, regardless of caste, religion and social status, share food – has come helping the needy during a global crisis.
In 2015, a group of Punjabi NRIs teamed up with people in conflict-torn Syria and Iraq to provide food to around 15,000 refugees for several months. And in 2019, a gurudwara in Australia served langar to starving firefighters tirelessly battling Sydney bushfires
In fact, langar plays a crucial role in ending extreme hunger and malnutrition in Africa, especially among children. Founded in 2016 by Jagjit Singh, “Zero Hunger With Langar” serves hundreds of thousands of meals a month to malnourished children in Malawi and Kenya, which are on the United Nations list for the highest child malnutrition rates.
And the impact has been incredible. In an interview with Indian Express, Jagjit Singh said: “Attendance at primary schools and kindergartens has improved significantly. We are over 90% free of malnutrition in our centers where we serve in Malawi. »
(Editing by Yoshita Rao)