Between Hope and Fear: Stories of Uyghur and Kazakh Muslim Minorities in the Xinjiang Province

OCTOBER 30, 2019

An estimated one million people, mostly Muslim minorities, are being held in detention centers across the Xinjiang region in China.

Common reasons for detention include studying Islam and praying or having family members who live abroad. China maintains that these detention centers are “vocational education centers,” although numerous reports say they are harsh internment camps. Uyghurs and Kazakhs who are not detained are placed under house arrest, have their passports confiscated, and are denied permission to leave Xinjiang. 

The family members of those missing or detained remain behind in Kazakhstan, lost between hope and fear.

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