Visiting Uighur Diasporic Community at the Beginning of Ramadan

Food aid from the Indonesian community reached the Uighur diaspora in Istanbul, Turkey, just before Ramadan arrives. The food aid aimed at those who are not actively working because of Coronavirus.

The Uighur Diaspora in Turkey receives food aid. COVID-19 stifle the economy and severely affected livelihoods. (ACTNews)

ACTNews. ISTANBUL – The COVID-19 pandemic also affects the Uighur diaspora in Istanbul, Turkey. Their livelihood has been hampered by the pandemic. Additionally, some impoverished Uighur families have not been able to buy basic necessities due to soaring prices. This Ramadan will be another difficult time for the Uighur diasporic community.

This Ramadan, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reached out to thousands of poor Uighur families in Istanbul. Hundreds of food packages were given to 1,860 people last Wednesday (4/22) and Thursday (4/23). Firdaus Guritno from Global Humanity Response - ACT team in charge of this program explained that the assistance was provided to the Uighurs affected by COVID-19. "There was no active employment during the outbreak. They found it difficult to meet the needs of their families," Firdaus said. Until last weekend, more than 100,000 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Turkey.

Food packages consisting of staples, milk and snacks were obtained from halal and quality shops owned by the Uighur families in Turkey. Firdaus said, this also became a form of support for the Uighur shop owners.

"They provide varieties of Halal, quality goods," added Firdaus. Food packages that were ready were packaged using cardboard and delivered directly to the recipients.

The staple food package distribution was able to be carried thanks to the partnership with Muslim Malaysia Volunteers. The organization which was established in December 2014 also focuses on humanitarian issues. In this global action, MVM is collaborating with ACT.

Munever, one of the Uighurs, expressed his gratitude for the support that reached them at the beginning of Ramadan. "Thank you MVM and ACT," said Minever. []