Food Aid Supports Uighur Community in Turkey During Lockdown

The lockdown in Turkey has an impact on the lives of Uighur community there. They find it difficult to find jobs. The Uighur diasporas have no income and cannot fulfill their food needs ahead of Eid ul-Fitr.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap volunteer delivers food aid directly to the shelter of one of the Uighur families in Kayseri, Turkey.
Aksi Cepat Tanggap volunteer delivers food aid directly to the shelter of one of the Uighur families in Kayseri, Turkey. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, KAYSERI – The soaring case of Covid-19 in Turkey has prompted the Turkish government to implement lockdown from Thursday (4/29/2021) until mid-May. Data from the World Health Organization stated that the total positive cases of Covid-19 in Turkey on Sunday (5/2/2021) had reached 4,849,408 cases followed by 40,504 cases of death.

The lockdown implemented by the Turkish Government has an impact on the lives of Uighur community there. Based on a report compiled by ACT’s Global Humanity Response, many Uighur families, especially in Kayseri City, were having difficulty getting their jobs due to the policy.

"As a result, many of them do not have an income to meet their daily needs, especially food during Ramadan," said Amir Firdausi from ACT's Global Humanity Response Team.

Trying to reduce the crisis experienced by Uighur community, ACT delivered assistance from generous benefactors in the form of food packages to the Uighurs in Kayseri. A total of 300 beneficiaries received food aid from Tuesday (4/25/2021) to Saturday (4/29/2021).

Passing quiet alleys and narrow alleys, ACT volunteers carried food aid directly to their shelters. The Uighur diasporas happily welcomed the volunteers.