As countless Xinjiang Muslims continue to be put away in detention, the Chinese authorities are breaking apart families and inflicting severe emotional trauma on children, suffering through unhappy childhoods without parents.
Detention in China
An imam from Xinjiang managed to escape when he was being taken for arraignment but eventually had to turn himself in because he had nowhere to hide.
Bao Shuguang, a senior leader of The Church of Almighty God from Shandong, was picked up by authorities in June last year. She and four other church leaders were handed lengthy prison sentences this October.
A gathering of believers from across China at an Apostolic house church was unexpectedly disrupted when nearly 200 law enforcement officers showed up, acting on a tip-off from a local party cadre.
Even the most innocent faith-related practices or rituals may cause troubles with authorities in present-day China.
The Uyghur couple from Urumqi city in Xinjiang is one of the many undergoing untold miseries due to the state’s discriminatory policies against minorities.
The church’s pastor was detained and the believers were prohibited from congregating at the venue again.
In several parts of Shanxi Province, believers of The Church of Almighty God have been detained at covert centers for forced indoctrination.
Its congregation members and church leaders have gone through long-term harassment. In the latest raid, the police confiscated the church’s donation money as well.