“I will pay the bullets to kill my wife and my mother”: the testimony of a Uighur whose family is detained in a reeducation camp in China

The autonomous region of Xinjiang, in northwest China, is the focus of one of the most intense security operations in the world.

There lives the Uyghur ethnic minority , a people of Muslim religion who are culturally and ethnically closer to the nations of Central Asia than to China.

According to John Sudworth, a BBC correspondent in China, the local police have more and more authority over this region in which the population is obliged to undergo a DNA analysis, and to deliver their cell phones to be investigated if they have consulted pages of religious content or websites banned.

Now, he says the correspondent, the government has extended a network of camp amento s secret detention in keeping thousands of Uighurs imprisoned without mediation of any kind of judgment.

In these fields the government locks up people suspected of going against government mandates or who it considers “politically unstable.”

The conditions there are subhuman.

According to a recent report by Radio Free Asia , a US-backed organization that has produced some of the most detailed reports on this region to which the foreign press has limited access, the number of detainees stands at 120,000.

“Wherever we go in Xinjiang, our film crew has been disturbed, arrested, monitored and followed closely,” explains Sudworth.

A report by the NGO Human Rights Watch explains that detention centers are located in renovated government buildings, such as former schools, or in specially constructed facilities for this purpose.

“Better to kill them”

Sudworth managed to speak with Abdurahman Hassan, an Uighur who, like many others, fled to Turkey.

His wife and mother are in one of these “reeducation camps” , and the whereabouts of their children are unknown.

“From very early in the morning until very late at night, they are only allowed to sit in a very hard chair, my poor mother has to endure this punishment every day,” Hassan told the BBC.

“The only crime my wife has committed is having been born Uighur, which is why she lives in a reeducation camp, where she must sleep on the ground.”

“I do not s e if they are alive or dead .”

“I can not stand that my mother and my wife are being abused to death by the Chinese government,” says Hassan.

“Better kill them with one shot, I’ll pay for the bullets .”

China argues that attacks in the past justify these security measures, since the threat of Islamic terrorism is real.

The police state inspires fear in the great majority, which does not dare to express its opinion on the situation, but also, argues Sudworth, generated resentment.

A resentment that, precisely, is what China aims to annihilate.

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