ACTNews, KAYSERI – It has been two weeks since the beginning of Ramadan. Muslims around the world have gotten used to fasting. The joy of Ramadan is something they always look forward to, especially during the time for iftar.
For the Uyghurs in Turkey, it is no exception, especially those living in Kayseri. Like the previous Ramadan, they spend this holy month in scarcity. What saddened them more is knowing about the conflict and tension in their homeland in Xinjiang, China. Despite living far away from the center of the conflict, they are worried about their relatives in Xinjiang. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties and worries, they spend their fasting days in their asylum countries.
On the 9th to 11th day of Ramadan, from Tuesday (5/14) to Thursday (5/16), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed iftar packages for the Uyghurs that seek refuge from Urumqi to Kayseri.
Firdaus Guritno of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT said that on the 9th to 11th day of Ramadan, hundreds of iftar packages were distributed to the Uyghurs. “The Uyghurs here have no steady jobs. They don’t have much wealth, and rely heavily on the aid from local foundations. They came from Urumqi in Xinjiang. Alhamdulillah, in this Ramadan, we visited and shared with them. For three days, there were 620 individuals who enjoyed the iftar packages from the people of Indonesia,” said Guritno, Sunday (5/19).
Living as immigrants have forced them to survive off humanitarian aid because they are difficult to get jobs.
A few days before Ramadan, Saturday (5/4), ACT has distributed food packages to fulfill their needs in Ramadan. As many as 160 Ramadan food packages were distributed to the Uyghurs in Kayseri. Each package contains cooking oil, cornmeal, salt, and candy that will support the needs of the Uyghurs in the beginning of Ramadan. “For Eid-ul-Fitr, we also plan to distribute Eid gifts to the Uyghurs in Kayseri,” concluded Guritno.