Generosity from the People of Indonesia Reaches Out to Uighur Orphans

Living without patriarchs, some Uighur families rely heavily on aid to survive.

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ACT team met a number of Uighur families in Turkey. Humanitarian aid was given to Uighur families that have orphans. (ACTNews/Firdaus Guritno)

ACTNews, TURKEY - In October, dozens of Uighur families in Turkey received aid from Indonesian benefactors. Through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), 40 Uighur families received allowance to support their daily life.

"This month's assistance was given to 40 families with orphans. Most of them are refugees who come from 2016-2017 to Turkey," said Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team, Monday (10/7).

Firdaus explained, this assistance has been distributed since the last days of September and continued until the first week of October. The assistance for Uighur families will also continue to be distributed as long as generous donations continue to be channeled through ACT.

According to Firdaus, there are currently more than 4,000 Uighur orphans in Turkey. The children are victims of the conflict and oppression. The situation forced them to flee to Turkey. They came from Egypt, Thailand, Pakistan, and even directly from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

"In Turkey, the Uighur orphans still need help to survive. Some of them no longer have heads of households or close relatives who can support their daily life. In fact, two to three families are placed in one apartment room. They also rely on aid for their monthly supplies," continued Firdaus.

Humanitarian issues related to Uighurs continue to be highlighted by the world. During the summit of UN General Assembly, the issue of repression against the Uighurs was discussed. []