ACTNews, TURKEY - Yells and chants were sung by female students at one of the Quranic madrasa who teaches Uighur children in Turkey. It was the break time when Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team arrived there. The team's visit that day was not only to stay in touch with them, but also to bring aid packages from the benefactors.
Turkey has indeed become one of the destination countries for Uighur Muslims. According to Reuters, in 2019, around 35,000 Uighurs are in Turkey. They come to evacuate and find a more decent livelihood although in reality, not all of the Uighur refugees can live the life that they desire.
This October, the aid from Indonesian philanthropists once again reached Uighur refugees. As the new school year arrives in Turkey, education funds and teacher allowances were distributed to the Quranic school.
Uighur refugee children in Turkey learning the Quran at the madrasa. (ACTNews)
"The end of September was a new school year in Turkey. This allowances were given to 350 students and 20 teachers. The beneficiaries were Uighur refugees who are in dire need," reported Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT.
Firdaus explained, Uighur children from underprivileged families still desperately need financial support, especially to continue their education. Being immigrants make it difficult for the Uighur children to get proper education.
"For Uighur children in Turkey, most of them still do not have permanent residence permits and cannot attend Turkish government schools," said Firdaus. He hoped, with these allowances, Uighur refugee families can continue to fulfill their daily needs without having to sacrifice their children's education.