Coronavirus shutdown threatens Chicago’s Rohingya cultural centre

Coronavirus crisis forces the centre to cancel Ramadan fundraiser and puts the community it serves in dire straits.

Chicago, Illinois – Ramadan for Chicago’s only Rohingya Culture Center is not just a time for prayer, community and service, but also a time for survival. Every year, the centre, located in the heart of the major United States city’s bustling South Asian community, hosts nightly iftars for the families it serves, pairing them with fundraising drives through local mosques to support the programming it provides to the city’s Rohingya refugees who have settled here.