It is not only the detainees who suffer. Aged parents and young children are left alone. This is the story of one grandmother struggling to protect her family.
Hailed by the authorities for years as the “good Muslims” or “model minority,” China’s Hui citizens are experiencing the crackdown on their culture and traditions as part of the anti-Islam campaign in northwestern provinces and regions.
As the Chinese authorities have banned products made especially for Muslims, businesses have had to bear substantial direct and indirect losses.
Bitter Winter continues exposing the lies by Chinese authorities about the “transformation through education” camps. In an interview, an employee in one such internment facilities in Xinjiang spoke about quotas for detainees, the categories into which they are divided, and miserable living conditions.
As a result of discriminatory policies, Uyghur and Hui citizens are finding it extremely difficult to sell, buy or rent real estate property in Xinjiang, while neighboring provinces are instituting control over hotels accepting Uyghurs.
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.
As the authorities put more and more Muslim men in detention, there is hardly anyone left to work on the fields.
Detained for praying, the conditions inside the “transformation through education” camp proved to be life-threatening for her.
The lessons were interpreted as being a “conspiracy against the state.” As a result, the Hui kindergarten was forced to drop the course.
The police made fourteen detained Hui Muslims defy their cultural and religious traditions as a means of psychological torture.