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Thanks to everyone who donated during Ramadan! We received a total of $235,065 (USD), which will go towards relieving the needs of those affected for one month. If you are interested in giving more support, please visit Shukr Foundation.
Before COVID-19, the Uyghur people were arguably already experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises on earth, with more than one million Uyghurs placed in concentration camps in China where they are being physically and psychologically abused simply for being Uyghur & Muslim.
Greeting with “assalamu alaykum” ("peace be upon you") is reason enough to be sent to a concentration camp in a country where Islam is considered to be a ‘mental illness.’
Even Ramadan is considered a crime; where students & employees are force-fed otherwise they face punishment. They are being forced to replace their religion and cultural identity with praise for the Chinese Communist Party—for their own survival.
The Uyghurs that have been lucky enough to escape China (before the coronavirus outbreak) now face poverty, hunger, psychological trauma, unemployment, and lack of medical support.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has made matters worse.
Due to the initial mismanagement, censorship and lack of transparency about the virus by the Chinese Communist Party, the entire world is now facing this pandemic. Governments around the world may be taking various steps to provide financial support to their own citizens, but many vulnerable people are still being left behind, particularly refugees.
Uyghur refugees are facing severe challenges compounded by the COVID-19 crisis. In Turkey, there is a large percentage of Uyghur refugees without a passport or permanent residency, rendering them stateless. Among those most vulnerable are more than 2,000 students, over 1,000 orphans and 1,000 single mothers who have been separated from their husbands and families due to China’s crackdown on Uyghurs.
This pandemic has added further misery to their daily struggles; many are not able to pay rent or utility bills and they cannot afford medical care or the basic cost of living. They have not received adequate aid or attention and their situation continues to deteriorate. They need your help.
While the Chinese government has made it impossible to give direct assistance and aid to our family, friends, and countrymen in East Turkistan, we have a responsibility to help those who have managed to escape the crisis and they need our help to prevent another crisis.
Aid with rent & bills
Clothing and home essentials
The Launchgood website allows you to choose giving levels and establishes what each level will provide, from $10 to $5000.
The Shukr Foundation is based in Australia and run by a dedicated team with recent experience providing aid to Uyghurs in Turkey. Read more on the Launchgood website.
This fundraiser is endorsed by at least 43 Uyghur organisations from around the world!
Sign up for LaunchGood’s Ramadan Challenge through this link: http://launchgood.com/UnitedWithUyghurs
The campaign will receive US$50 per person that joins.
You can set your daily donation to as little as $1 a day, maybe less!
Add this campaign to your giving list using these steps:
1. Sign in
2. Go to the launchgood.com site
3. Search Uyghur
4. Click the heart on top right corner of main yellow banner image