Do You Know What China's doing to Uyghurs?

Sara Azmoudeh

For the past 68 years, China has been waging a war on the Uyghur people. They’re participating in violent ethnic cleansing; genocide, even. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve never heard of this issue. Why isn’t the world talking about this?

Before spilling the tea, I’d like to highlight how the world has responded to this reality: nothing. Most nations blatantly turn a blind eye and a few have even reported and returned Uyghur fleeing. Of course, after being bullied by China just the right amount.

While visiting in D.C. I heard the stories of Uyghur’s who successfully escaped. I felt a strong urge to share their story with anyone willing to hear. But I should warn you, what’s happening in East Turkistan is among the most disturbing things I’ve heard in my life.

East Turkistan is home to the indigenous Uyghur people and many others from Turkish descent. Due to the plethora of oil buried under their land, the nation is extremely rich.

On December 20, 1949 the Chinese invaded and occupied East Turkistan, a position they’ve maintained. Upon their occupation, the Chinese renamed the territory as their new homeland and are attempting to eradicate the Uyghur people by essentially making their existence illegal.

To name just a few examples: for the last sixty years, the Chinese government has been arresting Uyghur men without reason. Then, Chinese officials are put into their homes of these jailed men, to live with their wives and children. Sometimes this includes rape, sometimes murder. In total, about 1.3 million Chinese officials live in Uyghur homes to ensure that they are respecting the Chinese state.

Another set of Uyghur people have been rounded up and put into political concentration camps said to be for the purpose of political-education. Within these camps, Uyghur’s are starved, subject to inhumane medical experimentation, raped, tortured, abused, and killed.

After passing away in these camps, Uyghurs are denied funeral services’. Their families are not allowed to see them. Their organs are harvested and their bodies are rid of immediately after.

All over East Turkistan mosques have been destroyed. Uyghur scholars have been arrested and killed for teaching their culture and religion. All while, the Uyghur youth are being put into atheist camps to rid them of any religious curiosity.

There have also been a number of bans placed on the Uyghur people. To name a few: basting, religious texts, having beards, holding funerals, and praying. Oh, and one of the most insane parts: at hospitals, Uyghur women are being forced into having abortions. Uyghur women are being trafficked and forced into arranged marriages with Chinese men.

This is ethnic cleansing in its most explicit form.

Listening to the woman I spoke with uttering these facts about the fate of her people prompted my tears, immediately. How can this be happening? How is this happening?

If you are left with similar feelings and care to learn more or maybe even contribute to the efforts to #SaveEastTurkistan or #FreeTheUyghurs, visit for more information.

Or you can connect with the cause on

Twitter: @VoiceUyghur

Facebook: TalkToEastTurkistan


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