More Evidence About Camps and Prisons for Uyghurs in Xinjiang

A slogan on an internment camp wall in Shache reads, “Resolutely implement the strategy for governing Xinjiang, especially the overall goal of social stability and enduring peace and constancy, created by the CCP Central Committee with Xi Jinping at the core.”


A resident of Xinjiang’s Kashi prefecture, home to about four million people, 90 percent of whom are Uyghurs, sent Bitter Winter a collection of photos of three transformation through education camps in the prefecture’s Shache county taken a year ago. (The images are used as illustrations throughout the text). Because the areas around the three camps are dotted with HD surveillance cameras and are closely guarded, the man could not get closer to see the full picture. But the accounts of some county residents help to get a better understanding of what these facilities are like.

A local man told Bitter Winter that every township in Shache county has a transformation through education camp, at least 20 in total. He added that one of the camps hires three local Uyghurs to bake naan bread for its detainees: more than one thousand pieces every day. Since only one naan is given to one person a day, it is rather easy to calculate how many people are held in the camp.