Uighurs: Chinese crackdown on Uyghurs in Xinjiang is felt overseas, a report said

BEIJING: as China’s intense repression continues Uighurs continues in Xinjiang, the diaspora community is starting to deal with its trauma, a media report said.
Write in The New York Times, Amy Qin and Sui-Lee Wee, said many of the estimated one million Uighurs who live outside China cannot communicate freely with relatives at home.
In recent years, the Chinese government has stepped up surveillance and targeted people with overseas connections as punishment. Even now, many Uighurs in the diaspora do not know how their relatives are doing, whether they are in an internment camp or a prison or even if they are alive or dead, the report said.
According to the report, in the United States, the Uighur Welfare Initiative built a small network of therapists to work pro bono with the community. In Belgium, a Uighur The activist coordinates online training for women, led by consultants who have worked with survivors of the Bosnian genocide. In Germany, a group of mental health specialists works with community leaders to tailor government resources to the needs of Uighurs.
“Some people become emotionally numb or pretend that nothing has happened,” quoted The New York Times. Nurgul Sawut, a social worker in Australia who has organized group therapy sessions for her fellow Uyghurs. Sawut he added: “Rather than letting the trauma bury us, we want to try to regenerate it, to transform it into something more meaningful.”
Determined to eliminate perceived threats of ethnic separatism, Chinese authorities have detained up to one million Uighurs and others in internment camps and prisons. They placed the region under close surveillance, sent residents to work in factories, stepped up birth control measures for Muslim women, and placed children in boarding schools, the New York Times reported.
The report cited informal polls showing that many Uighurs overseas experienced some form of trauma, depression or anxiety as a result. The coronavirus pandemic and its blockades have not helped.
Beijing has been reprimanded globally for repressing Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang by sending them to mass detention camps, interfering in their religious activities and subjecting them to abuse, including forced labor. However, the Chinese authorities continue to deny all allegations.


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