China calls them ‘kindness students.’ They’re actually victims of cultural genocide.

The Loving Heart Kindergarten in Hotan, in a 2018 photo. Photo from WUC web

By Editorial Board 
Jan. 10, 2020 at 6:56 p.m. EST

IMAGINE THIS: a facility in southern Xinjiang province in China, in a dusty village nestled among fields of barren walnut trees. It is surrounded by a tall brick wall, two layers of barbed wire, cameras on every corner, and a guard wearing a black helmet and protective vest with a metal detector at the entrance. This is a school?

The building, recently described in a New York Times article, is a clue to the eradication of a people’s culture and language taking place every day in concentration camps in western China. The building is in fact a boarding school and part of China’s attempt to wipe out the mind-set of the ethnic Uighur population and others, including Kazakhs. They are Turkic Muslims, and about 1.8 million of them are now incarcerated in camps that China calls “vocational education” facilities but look more like prisons.

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