FFEU's #OurChildrenNow fundraising campaign benefits the children of Crimean Tatars

Children of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners enjoy festive Kurban Bayram (Eid Al-Adha) holiday celebration thanks to support from FFEU's #OurChildrenNow fund-raising campaign

Thanks to generosity of donors who gave more than $6000 to FFEU’s #OurChildrenNow fund raising campaign on behalf of nearly 100 children of Crimean Tatar political prisoners on the LaunchGood.com crowd sourcing site, the Crimean Tatar community was able to hold a joyous Kurban Bayram celebration  in the ancient Crimean Tatar capital city of Bakchisserai for the wives and children of political prisoners being held in prison in administrative detention by Russian authorities or sentenced to lengthy jail sentences on trumped up charges.

The festive event, held at the Guzel Café, was the first happy, stress free occasions many of the children had experienced since their fathers were arrested; with gifts, games, a workshop in making clay objects and entertainment by clowns and a dance ensemble.  In addition, the children of the political prisoners, who were deprived of the of the only breadwinner capable to provide adequately for them. are now receiving food, clothing and school supplies on a regular basis thanks to the #OurChildrenNow campaign.

According to Lillia Budjurova organizer of the event, “All of us in the Crimean Tatar community want to thank with our whole hearts those who are helping our children and who made it possible to organize this beautiful celebration, which raised the morale of the entire Crimean Tatar community.” A mother of one of the children said tearfully, “I have never seen our children so happy and carefree. I only wish their fathers could be with all of us and be part of this holiday.” Said another, “it feels so good to know that we have not been forgotten by the world.”  (video in Russian)

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Stands with Brussels and Europe

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were killed in these savage bombings and their loved ones, as well as the many who were grievously injured.


Nothing can justify acts of mass murder such as those carried out against innocent civilians at the Brussels Airport and Mollenbeek Metro Station. Certainly these attacks violate the core values of Islam and the Quranic teaching that “If any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…” -The Holy Quran (Chapter Five, Verse 32).


This is an attack not only on Brussels, but on all of Europe, of which Brussels is the heart. It is also an attack on the most basic values of democracy, justice and mutual acceptance between people of diverse religious and ethnic communities that animate our interconnected 21st Century world.


FFEU, which has as its mission to strengthen ties of communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews, in Europe, North America and around the world, will redouble our efforts, together with our friends and allies in Belgium, France and across Continent, to fight terrorism and extremism; to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, and work for the creation of a just and inclusive Europe for people of all religious and ethnic identities.


The more the depraved people committed these acts endeavor to destroy our most sacred values, the more people of conscience from all religious and ethnic communities must come together to uphold them. If we stand united, there is no doubt that we will defeat the evil that threatens all of us.