ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Two Kurdish youths, in an act of volunteerism and service to animals, have been putting water and food high up in trees to help birds get through the scorching heat of summer in the Kurdistan Region.
“Leave the birds aside; we as human beings, with all our God-given abilities, get very tired in the summer,” Rawezh Nasih told Kurdistan 24 on Friday.
Along with his friend Sarwan, he realized that birds now need water more than ever, as temperatures can reach close to 50 degrees Celsius.
So, he said, "as a religious and humane act," they decided to place water and food for birds in over 15 locations in their home city of Halabja.
"Service is not only for people," he said. "Animals are part of our family. They should be considered as part of our family and our community."
Nasih explained that he and his friend place food and attach makeshift water fountains, often constructed of cut-up plastic bottles, high in trees to keep them from being disturbed by other people.
According to the volunteer-minded young man, if human beings cannot get something, they are able to think of other ways to otherwise achieve their goal, “but for animals, they have limited means to get what they need.”
“Therefore," he encouraged, "I hope everyone contributes to this cause, based on their ability. They can put water and food for birds on their house or on walls anytime. It does not need to be a public place."
Editing by John J. Catherine