Uyghur father pleads for his wife and children trapped in Xinjiang

William Yang
Sep 13, 2020

Over the past five years, Mamutjan Abdurehim has been holding onto the slim hope that the Chinese government will release his wife, who was reportedly detained in the re-education camp in Xinjiang for two years. In order to secure her release, Abdurehim chose to remain silent about her disappearance while other Uyghurs around the world were trying to advocate for their missing family members. However, he learned about his wife’s possible imprisonment for five years through a friend in 2019, forcing him to go public about the ordeal that his family has gone through. He chooses not to be silent this time.

Mamutjan Abdurehim lives in Sydney and he has been separated from his wife and children for almost five years now. The family are Uyghurs, the Turkic-speaking ethnic minority group that lives in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

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