Turkish universities shut down cafeterias for Ramadan - Birgün

Turkish students are protesting universities on social media after they announced closing cafeterias during Ramadan, left-wing Birgün daily reported on Friday.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will run from May 6th to June 4th this year. More and more universities in Turkey in recent years announce before Ramadan that they will close cafeterias during the holy month.

In Turkey’s metropolitan cities, as there are other options to eat, such decisions mean higher expenses for university students for 28 days. But for university students in smaller provinces, this means to be left out of options since local restaurants also shut down during Ramadan.

“During Ramadan, everywhere other than the university (cafeteria) shuts down. None of the places close to the university is open. And when they are open, they are very expensive,” told Ece, a university student in the eastern province of Erzurum, to Birgün. “Our university has lots of foreign students. We filed a complaint on that grounds, but have received nothing in response,” she said.

Cansu Bayrak, a student at Marmara University in Istanbul, told Birgün that no food had been served last year on campus during Ramadan, though it had coincided with the period of final exams. “We heard that that would be shut down this year too,” she said in relation to university cafeterias.