Uighur Communities in Zeytinburnu Happy to Receive Food Aid from ACT

On World Food Day, the Aksi Cepat Tanggap provided food packages for hundreds of Uighurs in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul, Turkey to relieve their food crisis.

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Uighur families receive food packages from ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, ISTANBUL – On the occasion of World Food Day on October 16, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) paid a visit to Uighur families in Istanbul, Turkey, to deliver food packages. Hundreds of Uighurs in Zeytinburnu, an area that hosts the most Uighur refugees in Istanbul, benefitted from the food distribution.

"This World Food Day should be a moment for us to think about many of our brothers and sisters who have not been able to meet their food needs properly. Therefore, we commemorate this World Food Day by delivering food aid donated through us," said Firdaus Guritno from ACT's Global Humanity Response, Saturday (10/16/2021).

Firdaus explained that the food packages contained foodstuffs such as rice, eggs, cooking oil, sugar, salt, flour, and tea. "The food distribution also aims to strengthen the brotherhood among fellow Muslims. It is incumbent upon us to assist fellow Muslims who are in trouble,” explained Firdaus.

Firdaus added, the food distribution has been held regularly every year thanks to the support from generous donors. It will be held again in the future as the support from the donors continues. 

The food aid distribution is expected to bring joy and alleviate the burden on the Uighur families. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the welfare of the 450,000 Uighurs in Turkey. Because it is difficult for them to get a job, the Uighurs can’t easily fulfill their needs.  []