Watch: How Uighur journalists report what is happening to Muslims in Xijiang from Washington DC
A leaked document showed that Chinese authorities see Uighurs with family members abroad as suspicious.
Some of the crucial updates on the condition of Uighur Muslims are coming from the US government-funded Radio Free Asia Channel in Washington D.C.
Uighur journalist Shohret Hoshur makes hundreds of phone calls to government offices and police stations across Xinjiang, China from his office in Washington to keep himself updated with what is going on there.
However, he has begun using a voice changer to make him sound like a woman so he can engage people for longer, and to get out any bit of information about what’s actually happening with Uighur Muslims in his homeland.
‘’Sometimes, we work sixteen hours a day’’, he said. Hoshur added that this is nothing compared to what his people are facing back home.
There are more than 1 million Chinese Muslims in ‘re-education camps’, where they are taught the Chinese Communist Party’s teachings.
Hoshur, along with his colleagues, is working together at the only Uighur-language news service operating outside of the Community Party’s control. The team receives several tips a month, in the form of legal documents, papers related to particular camps and sometimes even videos and images from Uighurs still living in Xinjiang.
The job Shohret and his colleagues are doing can also result in the targeting of their loved ones. Most of them have not heard from their family members who are residing in China for years. Others have learned that their relatives have been sent off to ‘re-education camps’.
A leaked document showed that Chinese authorities see Uighurs with family members abroad as suspicious. Those having relatives working with organizations working to expose the Communist Party’s activities are likely to be punished even more.
‘’We live with this pain, this agony but cannot stop’’, said the service’s deputy director Mamatjan Juma. He went on to say that they can make people in Uighur cry, but cannot stop them.
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