Chinese police still questioning wife of Australian Uyghur man, despite promising to help

Nadila and her Australian son Lutfy are being prevented from leaving Xinjiang. Photo: Sadam Abudusalamu

July 24, 2019

Police in China's far-western Xinjiang region are still questioning the wife of an Australian man interviewed on Four Corners last week, despite Beijing saying it would assist Australia's efforts to reunite the family.

Sadam Abudusalamu has been separated from his wife Nadila Wumaier and their young son Lutfy, who is an Australian citizen, since they were caught up in China's crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

It is estimated that more than 1 million Uyghurs are currently being detained in re-education camps in Xinjiang, while those not detained have had their passports taken away, making it impossible for them to leave China.

Under these policies, Mr Abudusalamu has not seen his wife in two years, and he has never met baby Lutfy, who will turn two next month.

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