The plight of the Uyghur Muslims
The Uyghur Muslims are a turkic speaking minority in China who live in the heart of Asia- East Turkistan, also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region of China.
Since 2017, Uyghur Muslims have been subjected to gradual oppression which has now resulted in a full scale cultural genocide. Over 3 million Muslims have been put into concentration camps in order to crush their values and identity- replacing them with those of the dominant communist party.
The Chinese government evidently aim to completely wipe out the Uyghur existence through means of systematic persecution and maltreatment. We cannot stay silent in the face of such oppression. If you feel helpless knowing that there is little that you can do, read on for further information and ways that you can help.
What is happening to the Uyghur Muslims?
The Chinese Government are in the process of an ethnic cleansing hiding behind the facade of protecting the country from 'terrorism, separatism and religious extremism.'. The true reality of their actions is a merciless genocide with the purpose of the advancement of their own political agendas.
Currently the Uyghur population are experiencing the following and more:
- Being forced to renounce their religion and prevented from any type of Islamic practice, such as wearing a hijab, having a long beard or attending the mosque. Mosques are closed down or even bulldozed.
- Women are injected with substances to induce infertility as an attempt to prevent the continuation of a Muslim population. They are also forced to marry Chinese men.
- Uyghur Muslims are being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol and go against Islamic values and restrictions.
- Communist values are forced upon children through daily chants and propaganda.
- Any of those opposing these rules are being sent to concentration camps where they are 're-educated' by vicious and inhumane means.
The Global response:
A letter was sent in July 2019 to the UN's Human Rights Council calling for the condemnation of the Chinese government. The letter consisted of 22 countries which were mainly European.
This letter however was dismissed by Beijing as 'slander.'
37 countries including Muslim majority countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Qatar praised China on their work for human rights and fight against terrorism.
How you can help:
Though there is little that we can physically do to help and avenge those living in anguish, we can educate ourselves and take little steps to help.
Share information and spread awareness
Donate: though those in China are not able to receive aid that is being sent, those who have escaped and fled will receive donations.
Pray for justice, and pray for those who are suffering: the fate of these individuals is out of our hands so the least we can do is pray to the One who has complete control.
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“All who believe in the principle of “never again” after the horror of the Nazi extermination camps and Stalin’s gulag must speak up against China’s grotesque use of brainwashing, prisons and torture.” Washington Post Editorial