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Act of Concern is Broad, From Banjar to Aceh

06 Feb 2017
Act of Concern is Broad, From Banjar to Aceh

ACTNews, BANJARMASIN – News about Aceh earthquake has made Indonesian people furious, loss of lives and infrastructures damaged beyond repair were inevitable. They were so furious they now have united to show compassion for their fellow countrymen, aiding them to recover.
On the first weeks of December 2016, a 6.5 Richter scale earthquake-racked Pidie Jaya Regency and other areas in the early morning after fajr prayers. A few hours after the event unfolded, it was known that more than a hundred people died. Infrastructures across the area were either damaged, broken or even flattened to the ground by the immense power of the tremor.
Support came from all over Indonesia, such as aid from several groups in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan. Aid designated from people such as the communities of artists, Ikatan Keluarga Mahasiswa Akper Intan Martapura also donations collected from mass fajr prayers at Al-Munawarah Mosque was provided for Aceh people through Radar Banjar Peduli (RBP) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap.  

Widespread Concern
On late December, Ikatan Keluarga Mahasiswa (IKM) Akper Intan Martapura speared their time to visit Radar Banjir Peduli, a group under Radar Banjarmasin.
“We have collected donations on the main road for two days. Hopefully, our donations can be benefited by Aceh people,” explained IKM Akper Intan Chairman Intan Samsul Bahri.

According to Samsul, RBP is the most trusted group in the area for humanitarian affairs to channel their donations. Moreover, RBP is currently working together with Aksi Cepat Tanggap for the rebuilding of many meunasah that has collapsed after the earthquake.

Until today, RBP welcomes with open arms to anyone giving support or aid post-earthquake. Artist communities designated from various group such as Akademi Bangku Panjang MGR, Banjarbaru Diva Suara Dharma Marching Band, Banjarbaru Pawadahan Nanang Galuh, Ar Rumi Studio STAI Darussalam, Soulsix Band, Kemilau Intan Studio Kalimantan Selatan, and is also supported by Banjarbaru Arts Council.

Artist community held their fund-raising event in Van Der Vijl Park, Banjarbaru. A wide variety of shows were performed such as dance, music painting, music assembly,assembly, madihin and theatrical poetry. Art performance organized by the community is entitled “Setetes embun untuk Bungong Jeumpa.

Donations were also obtained by auctioning several paintings created by Banjarbaur artist Sulistyono and selling books.  Adviser to RBP, Ogi Fajar Nuzuli stated that the performance held by the artist is vivid proof that Aceh is in the heart of the people in South Kalimantan.

“This is the concern of people in South Kalimantan, mainly Banjarbaru and Banjar Regency for Aceh people,” explained Ogi who was present that night.
Among the people present was Vice Governor of Banjarbaru Darmawan Jaya Setiawan who showed his appreciation concerning the event. “This is an amazing event because there are 2 events running at the same time. There are artists performing and a humanitarian act,” he said.

The act of compassion held by Banjarbaru people was held from dusk till dawn. Donations were also raised by organizing mass fajr prayers. The people present came from all over Banjarbaru with intent to enliven the event for Aceh people. Mass fajr prayers were held after Aksi Bela Islam Jilid III presenting KH Arifin Ilham located at Al-Munawwarah Mosque.
At least 3.000 people attended fajr prayers, including high officials of Banjarbaru City. After prayers, KH Arifin Ilham echoed to everyone present religious messages to take care of religious services, good deeds, and da’wah.  
While KH Arifin Ilham presented his message to worshipers, the organizing committee circulated charity boxes where donations will be given to Aceh earthquake victims through Radar Peduli Banjar, a social group in Harian Radar Banjarmasin a well-known newspaper in Banjarmasin. 
A handing over donation ceremony was conducted by RBP Secretary Dr. Diauddin witnessed by one the founder of RBP and also Vice Governor of Banjarbaru, Darmawan Jaya Setiawan. Totaled donations collected from mass fajr prayers in Al-Munawwarah for people of Aceh amounted to Rp 27. 651.200. Until the end of 2016, donations obtained by Radar Peduli Banjar is generated through Aksi Cepat Tanggap. Donations until today by RBP for Aceh people is totaled up to Rp. 64. 868.700.

As for Aceh recovery, Aksi Cepat Tanggap is still providing support such as the rebuilding of meunasah. The rebuilding of meunasah program is implemented because it is the center of life and civilization. Religious services and other social matters in the society begins in the meunasah. But the 6.5 Richter Scale earthquake on December has crumpled 100 meunasah in Pidie Jaya and Bireuen Regency. []  

Penulis: Shulhan Syamsur Rijal/ Rio Christa Yatim