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ACTNews, TURKEY – Amidst the news about mass detention of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China, many Uyghurs living in other countries across the globe are also struggling for a better life, including the Uyghurs in Turkey. On Tuesday (1/8), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers visited a number of Uyghur students residing in Turkey.

Firdaus Guritno of SOS for Uyghur I team reported that they visited the Uyghur students to hive scholarship aid for Uyghur students. “The scholarship aid was given to 75 Uyghur students of various grades, from kindergarten to university-preparatory school,” Guritno reported to ACTNews, Thursday (1/10).

He further added that the beneficiaries are Uyghur students who memorized the Quran. In Turkey, the Uyghurs live in small communities. Some live with their relatives, and others are supported by foundations established by Uyghur communities in Turkey. “They got out of China together to a certain country before they headed to Turkey,” explained Guritno.

That Tuesday, ACT team also ate lunch together with the students who received the scholarship. Before that, two huffaz recited verses from the Qur’an, and they prayed together when the time to pray came.

“I thank ACT for giving the scholarship aid to us, Uyghur students in Turkey. We also thank the people of Indonesia for holding rallies in nine cities in Indonesia simultaneously in support for the Uyghurs. It really boosts our morale during this hard time,” said one of the students to Guritno.

The scholarship air marked ACT’s commitment to help the Uyghur students to reach their dreams despite living as refugees. In mid-December, ACT dispatched teams to a number of countries to help the Uyghur diaspora. To date, 120 Uyghur students in Turkey have benefitted from scholarship aid given by ACT.

“A number of students whom we met stated that many of them aspire to be religious teachers. Their main motivation to study in the university is to learn Islam,” said Guritno. In Uzbekistan, ACT has distributed food packages to Uyghur families. []


*For safety reason, the faces of the students are blurred.