The persecution of the Uyghurs is a crime against humanity. The Economist and @1843mag spoke to Uyghurs whose lives have been torn apart. A thread: 👇
Documents seen by The Economist show that China’s campaign to crush the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic-minority group, has terrorised hundreds of thousands of children
According to government records, in 2018 more than 9,500 children aged between 7 and 12 in Yarkand, a Uyghur-dominated county, at one point had one or both parents detained by the state
When Uyghurs are locked up, their children are sent to state boarding schools, where they can be punished for using their own language
Schools and kindergartens in Xinjiang are being converted into boarding schools for these children. Infants only a few months old have been placed in them
China began its camp-building programme in 2017. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has identified dozens of new camps being built in the past two years in Xinjiang. Picture: Google Earth
China calls its camps for Uyghurs "vocational education centres". Victims tell a different story
Zumrat Dawut, a Uyghur who fled, recalls her time in the gulag: “They [guards] said, ‘Your God cannot get you out of here, but Xi Jinping has done so much for you.’"
.@1843mag spoke to members of London’s Uyghur diaspora, some of whose relatives interned in Xinjiang tell of beatings, rape and indoctrination
Even Uyghurs who live outside China feel unsafe. “If I speak out, they will torture my family,” says one man who lives in London
Yet Uyghurs are trying to keep their identity alive, thousands of miles from China. To hear Britain’s Uyghur diaspora speak out for the first time, click on the link

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