ACTNews, JAKARTA - Humanitarian aid for the Uighur diaspora has been regularly sent by Aksi Cepat Tanggap since December 2018. The aid includes food packages, education aid, teachers’ allowance, winter aid, and living expenses for orphans. Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT Team explained, this December humanitarian assistance was given again to the Uighur diaspora in Turkey.
"ACT is in the process of preparing for the implementation of winter aid in the form of fuel and food distribution for Uighur diaspora, especially Uighur orphans in Turkey. At night, the temperature in Turkish cities can plummet up to temperatures of minus five degrees Celsius, "said Firdaus.
In addition to winter aid, Firdaus said, ACT has committed to support the life of the Uighur diaspora. The humanitarian assistance provided also varies, including assistance for madrassas where Uighur teachers and children learn and teach, living expenses for orphans, underprivileged families, and religious teachers.
"In 2017, Qurbani from Indonesia also reached the Uighur brothers and sisters in Turkey. Starting in 2018, we have regularly sent assistance to the Uighurs," explained Firdaus.
The news about the Uighur crisis re-surfaced this December, garnering the attention from the international community, including from the people of Indonesia, following a report about a support from an international public figure for the Uighur.
As reported by Japan Times, a Japanese artist Tomomi Shimizu made a comic titled “What has Happened to Me,” based on an account of a Uighur woman who returned to China after giving birth to triplets in Egypt, and was tortured on three separate occasions between 2015 and 2017. By November 25, the manga has received nearly 2.5 million views since it was first uploaded on Twitter in August.
The support for the religious freedom of the Uighurs also comes from Amnesty International. As reported by Amnesty International last May, Radio Free Asia journalist Gulchehra Hoja was only able to fully observe the month of Ramadan after she moved to the United States.
“I remember only elderly people like my grandma were fasting and making dua (prayer) asking Allah to forgive her children for not fasting. Now it’s my turn to continue to pray for my family and the entire Uyghur people, "Hoja said, as written by Amnesty International.