ACTNews, TURKEY – Eid-ul-Fitr is something that should be celebrated with the loved ones. Gathering, chatting, and eating typical Eid dishes with families and relatives is something that is commonly done by Muslim around the world during the festive occasion. Unfortunately, such moments of happiness are a luxury for the Uyghurs in Turkey.
Living far away from their homeland in Urumqi, Xinjiang, due to years of conflict, the Uyghur diaspora in Turkey have no other choice but to spend their Eid in a foreign country. Living as immigrants, they are economically underprivileged. Among them are children that are too young to understand the situation.
To uplift the spirit of these Uyghur children, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed Zakat-ul-Fitr on Thursday (5/30) and held a feast for them.
As many as 150 children benefitted from the Zakat-ul-Fitr distribution from the muhsineen in Indonesia. They are mostly children who live in poverty and children who have lost their parents,” explained Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.
The smiles of these children spread as they ate the dishes that were served and played with one another. Despite living far away from their homeland, their Eid was as happy as every other Muslim’s.
“Hopefully, with this Zakat-ul-Fitr aid, we can alleviate their burden as refugees. We will continue assisting the Uyghur Muslims in Turkey with the support of the muhsineen,” said Faradiba.
As reported by the US Congress, approximately one million Uyghur Muslims migrated to Turkey. According to one of the Uyghurs interviewed by CNN, they chose to go to Turkey because they can practice their faith freely.
Deutsche Welle also reported that the arbitrary arrests and revocation of the Uyghurs’ citizenship have torn many Uyghur families apart. Some of them have to seek safety in other countries and start their life anew. Those staying in Xinjiang are forbidden from contacting their relatives living in other countries.