Delivering Food Packages to Uyghur Fatherless Families and Elderly

Delivering Food Packages to Uyghur Fatherless Families and Elderly

ACTNews, ISTANBUL – Indonesia’s humanitarian actions for Uyghur refugees in Turkey continue. After giving aid to Uyghur children and Quranic students, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed food aid to fulfill the needs of Uyghur families in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Wednesday (1/23), widowed Uyghur ladies came to a convenient store in the city of Istanbul. Bringing their Humanity Cards with them, they came to get their daily supplies for their families for the next 2-4 weeks. One of these ladies was Hamida who left Xinjiang for Istanbul in 2016.

That afternoon, Hamida shopped for daily needs such as eggs, biscuits, beans and sugar. “Alhamdulillah. It will be enough for me and my family for at least the next two weeks,” said Hamida.

Apart from Humanity Card, the food aid was given in the form of foodstuff packages containing rice, flour and cooking oil with each package weighing around 20 kg. These two forms of food distribution would fulfill the needs of each family, as told by Sucita Ramadinda of Sympathy of Solidarity (SOS) for Uyghur I.

“Some families need these three items: rice, flour and cooking oil. Others need other kinds of food such as beans, sugar, biscuits and tea. Hence, each family can get what they needed,” said Ramadinda, Wednesday (1/23).

The food distribution not only reached Uyghur fatherless families, but also the Uyghur elderly. Food packages were sent to their houses, for which they warmly welcomed ACT teams.

Khadijah, a recipient, never expected to receive guests that came all the way to bring a 20 kg food package. “Alhamdulillah. All praise is due to Allah. May Allah rewards you all with goodness,” exclaimed Khadijah, who was taking care of his husband who has been totally paralyzed for 10 years.

Meryem, another beneficiary who lives with her youngest child in Istanbul, was also filled with abundant joy as she opened her package. “Thank you for visiting us here to send this food package. This is very beneficial for us. May Allah reward your kindness, ACT and all people of Indonesia,” said Meryem, whose husband passed away in 2004. Her late husband was detained in the reeducation camp and was reportedly passed away there.

To this day, Indonesia continues supporting the Uyghur diaspora who fled from oppression in their homeland. Apart from the Uyghur diaspora in Turkey, aid from the people of Indonesia has also reached the Uyghurs in Uzbekistan. []



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