FSWC Launches Emergency Uyghur Refugee Relief Fund

April 21, 2023

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Human rights abuses are regularly being perpetrated against the Uyghur people, as more than one million have been detained in camps where many are tortured and forced to abandon their language and religion. With nowhere to turn, many Uyghurs end up as refugees, waiting in limbo to find a country that will take them in.

They urgently need our help.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC), in partnership with Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS), is setting up an emergency campaign to raise funds towards subsidizing three Uyghur families to settle in Canada. These three families consisting of 20 people in total are currently waiting in Turkey, stateless and desperate to help their families live in freedom.

100% of donations toward the Emergency Uyghur Refugee Relief Fund will go directly to the Turdi family (left photo), the Paerhati family (right photo) and the Davut family (not pictured) in the form of a 12-month stipend for basic needs, including:  shelter, furniture, clothing, food and medicine.

Our immediate goal is to raise $50,000 towards this urgent humanitarian effort.

As the Jewish community, we know better than most the importance of helping refugees escaping abuse and religious persecution. Please help us with this incredibly important cause.