tirsdag 30. april 2019

To Live in Xinjiang Is Just Like Being Jailed

From mandatory software on mobile phones to arrests for taking photos: visiting workers are prevented from sharing what is really happening in the Uyghur region.The Chinese authorities are enticing Han people from outside XinjiangUyghur Autonomous Region to relocate there, promising generous compensations. But the harsh reality of prison-like conditions is hard to handle even for temporary workers. Strictly controlled and monitored, their only solace is that they can always go back to their homes in other parts of China where life is less stifling.

A few people that have recently returned from working in various areas of Xinjiang shared with Bitter Winter what they saw and felt living alongside local Muslims in this militarized land of uncertainty and fear.