Uyghur father in Australia fears for his wife and children trapped in Xinjiang

Mamutjan Abdurehim has been silent about his wife's detention in Xinjiang for years. Now he's speaking out.(ABC News: Jack Fisher)

Exclusive by Erin Handley
2020-07-19

Mamutjan Abdurehim hasn't been able to hug his wife or young children in almost five years.

He's never spoken about his family's ordeal publicly before, hoping his silence might mean he could reunite in Australia with his wife Muherrem Ablet, his 10-year-old-daughter Muhlise and his five-year-old son Hikmet.

But a new development has "effectively crumbled" his hope of a quiet reunion. After years apart and fresh fears his wife has been incarcerated in one of China's mass internment camps, he's decided to speak out for the first time.

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