The heart-melting story of a Turkish man moved millions of social media users around the world who expressed their willingness to help the poor man in making his dream come true.
Al-Hassan Abdullah, a poor Ghanaian villager asked a Turkish film crew flying a drone with a camera in his village in Ghana if they had a bigger one of this that would take him to Saudi Arabia, where millions of Muslims go every year for hajj.
As his story went viral on social media, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu helped arrange a hajj journey for Abdullah, who couldn’t afford to go on his own.
However, he arrived in Istanbul from Accra on Friday and was welcomed by a Turkish charity.
While expressing himself, Abdullah said that he was pleased to be in Istanbul and it was God who blessed him with this favor from Turkey.
“I am grateful to God and I pray to everyone who helped this dream come true. Turkish state’s assistance is valuable for me and I believe this will help improve friendship, brotherhood between Muslims,” he said.
Cihad Gökdemir, deputy chairman of the charity who welcomed Abdullah at the airport, said Abdullah’s story made the headlines after a TRT World employee tweeted the image.
“Then, people started to seek a way to reach out to him, from business people to companies. Finally, a Turkish police officer from Turkish embassy in Ghana contacted him. He is grateful to Turkish people,” he added.