Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been held in “transformation” camps across Xinjiang, an autonomous region of China for weeks, months or years at a time.
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“The intent is not to kill people but to kill the memory of who they are, to wipe out their separate identity, language and history. Even the slightest perceived infraction, such as having a copy of the Koran on a phone or making a contact abroad, can result in incarceration.”
Photo: Men congregating outside a mosque after evening prayer in the old city in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China. Nearly half of the region’s 24 million people are ethnic Uighurs. Credit: Adam Dean for The New York Times