Let’s Get Real: Oppression of Muslim Uighurs in China ft. AqsaSaysWhat

Hey girl hey. And boy.

Like many others, I stumbled upon a viral video a few months ago explaining the Uighur situation in Chinese concentration camps. It didn’t hit me at first because I felt so helpless and it was another one of those ‘ugh that’s so sad..*insert boost of gratitude for my own life here*’. It wasn’t until Aqsa contacted me recently for a collab request to address this subject that I actually started looking into it. My heart broke and I had a breakdown. Twice. I’m really sensitive when it comes to injustices around the world and almost always end up carrying the burden of not being able to do much about it. After all, I’m an unemployed and dependent high school student who does not have any political power or financial ability to change much.

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But then I realized there’s something we all have. Communication. Now more than ever. If you’re mute, type it. If you’re blind, say it. Words can lead to actions and we as youth have the ability to do that right here right now. Today, I want to educate anyone who glanced at this issue and dismissed it like I did and what we can do to help. I hope this gives you the inspiration to speak up about issues that break you through any medium of communication you have. This is a collab with Aqsa and she’ll be sharing a poem and her views on this topic on August 21st so make sure to follow her so it can show up on your feed! I’ll try to keep this post short and effective so let’s get started.


 

Looking at the big picture, essentially what is happening is that the Chinese governments started to build literal concentration camps around China to place Uighur Muslims in. They call it ‘re-education centres’ to remove “extremist thoughts” from the minds of Muslims and work towards a more socialist and unified country. The twist is – they’re being forced to renounce their faiths in these camps, eat food that is forbidden in Islam, forget their ethnic language and heritage and adopt the Han’s Chinese and many are being physically and mentally tortured as we speak. They literally separate families and make adults paint and sing and dance when cameras and PR is around, only to beat them and manipulate them behind the curtains.

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It’s sick.

And what bothers me about all of this is the lack of education the government has on Islam itself. Extremist thoughts? Darling, talk about people who place one million women and elderly and children in camps to beat them and brainwash them. You hear of what one man did in the United States and suddenly every Muslim is like that. If we applied this rule to anything else in history – trust me when I say every single religion and nation will be painted black.

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I’m going to get back to the issue itself and some backstory that I found through different videos. The Uighurs have always been a bit isolated and different than the rest of China and they had their own language, culture, common religion..etc. They’ve attempted to make their own little state in 1933 and 1944 back when countries were still shaping themselves but it got taken over by China soon after.

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Obviously, this scares the rest of China and that fear of foreignity has drove them to do the things they did. Another reason (not that they’re valid) is because China started a new trading plan called Belt and Road where they get to trade with many different countries which will ultimately boost China’s economy. And because the main pathways go through Xinjiang (where the Uighurs live), China wants complete control over that area. They started sending Han Chinese to live there and eventually, the Uighurs went from being 82.7% in 1945 to 46.1% in 2008. Uighurs had to take on the lower class jobs while Han Chinese did sales and business, therefore earning more money and taking most of their resources.

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A riot broke out in 2009 between the Uighurs and Hans. It was because the Hans recently killed two Uighurs at a factory in Shaoguan. I looked into this incident and turns out a Hans female walked into a room with young men in it and when the man pretended to get up to scare her (wrong move on his part like why?) she screamed and ran away. Some people made rumours that she was raped and assaulted by the Uighurs which was not the case. So there was a civil incident that happened to injure 118 people. Back in Xinjiang, now July 2009, Uighurs wanted to speak out against the Hans for killing their own and what initially intended to be a peaceful protest turned violent really fast. And this time, a lot of the Hans were affected.

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Due to all these civil fights, China was convinced that Uighur Muslims have “extremist mental issues” and worked towards eliminating Islam as a whole in China. They started banning fasting, public praying, beards…like what?? Why would you ban someone from abstaining from eating and drinking – are they spoonfeeding them to make them go against what they believe in? This all built up to 2017 when they started building camps. They say Muslims and Uighurs as a terrorist threat that needed to be maintained.

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Because they’re scared.

And I learned that there are two ways to combat fear: educating one’s self or violence.

They chose violence.

They didn’t tell anyone at first but soon the truth got to the public. In these camps, they’re forced to memorize communist propaganda, criticize their religion and speak against it and many were beat up, locked up, killed and electrocuted. A journalist asked a bruised Muslim how he got here and he said ‘oh police told me to sign up and I was like sure. I like it here.’ He. was. bruised. Manipulation for the public, much?

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When Aqsa and I were discussing this, she said that it seems a bit like the relationship between Europeans and First Nations. And I agree to some extent because Europeans forced them to assimilate and took their children away and banned them from their ethics and culture. But the more I think about it, the more this situation resembles the Holocaust.

Discrimination against religion? Check.

Violent camps? Check.

Separation of families? Check. 

Mental and physical trauma to people of the book? Check.

A complete genocide? Check.

History is repeating itself in increments throughout the world and we fail to realize it.

Remember how the world came together against Hitler? That’s the way Muslims need to stick together when countries get oppressed. But what’s happening instead?

22 countries signed a paper against Chinese concentration camps and none of them were Muslim. Instead, Saudi’s prince actually supports and defends China’s “right” to persecute them.

Why?

Because many middle eastern countries are part of the trade and speaking against China will decrease their economy.

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Malcolm X once said there will come a time where everyone will view the oppressed as the oppressors and the oppressors as the oppressed.

Why does our world value economy more than humanity?

This is the worse type of oppression because when there were crises in other countries like Syria, we could actually help by donating. We could volunteer. We could rescue. Through poverty, they could still worship God and that was more valuable than anything else in this world. But Uighurs can’t. And they can’t flee. And we can’t help unless we have the political power to speak up or cut ties with China.

So what can we do? 

We need to be politically involved. We need to speak up to our senators. If you’re of age, vote for the right people. We need to bring awareness through social media, a blog post, instagram…anything! We can’t let it go. And Muslim countries especially CAN’T let it go. We can’t let Islam disappear like that. It’s our job as a generation to uplift our past generation, not spiral down. What will you say on the day of judgement?

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A graffiti sentence was sprayed in the bathroom of a Uighur camp where someone wrote:

‘Oh my heart, don’t break.’

 

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Let our hearts break for the oppressed and let’s change history for them.


 

That’s all I have to say for today. I hope you found this beneficial like I found it researching it in the past few days.

This is a documentary I found emotional but beneficial. Watch it at your own discretion.

Have you heard of these Chinese camps?

Thoughts?

Make sure to check out Aqsa’s post on Wednesday, August 21st here. I’ll see you all in my next post.

Bayyy. 💞

 

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37 thoughts on “Let’s Get Real: Oppression of Muslim Uighurs in China ft. AqsaSaysWhat

  1. Mira Afiouni says:

    this breaks my heart! we have to pray for all human beings, for Muslims to endure this tough period, and for non Muslims to become aware that what they’re doing is completely unacceptable ! I was shocked while reading this, I can’t believe that such things are really happening ! extremist exist everywhere, this doesn’t mean that all Muslims are!! this is just so stupid !
    thank you for sharing this and for increasing awareness regarding this topic.

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    • Bayance says:

      Ah Mira I 💯 agree with this comment. Everything you said was spot on and I’m so glad this post gave you more awareness. It’s so surreal to me how cruel some humans are and I believe we can truly change if we work together. Thank you so so much for this comment!

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  2. Gracie says:

    I had no idea this was happening, but it’s completely heartbreaking. I am the same, all the negativity in the world around me and that I see in people and especially the struggles our generation face, is so hard to bear sometimes, but we’ve got to let the pain motivate us and speaking out is often the only way we can make any difference as young people with little influence over the world. We can’t make big crazy major changes, but we can all start creating positive change in our own communities. We will be the generation in power one day and so we must arm ourselves with the knowledge and tools to change things NOW.
    Thanks you for bringing light to this. And I was so excited to see a collab between two of my absolute favourite bloggers ❤

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    • Bayance says:

      GIRL PREACH!!! I totally agree with this and I’m so happy to feel like I’m not alone in feeling that burden. I love this thought process of optimism and change in you and I wish more teens had this mindset! Thank YOU for reading and caring – I’m so glad this was informative. And awe tysm! Aqsa is truly amazing!

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  3. Jo says:

    bay,
    i’m trying to breathe straight, but i can’t. i can’t. this reminds me almost near perfect of the holocaust– camps? camps against people just because of who they are? you’re absolutely right, it’s sick and it’s wrong and it should never happen.
    thank you for writing this and for sharing something that should not be left in the dark. i’m really mad this isn’t in the news as much as it should be, and especially that they’re targeting people just because of their faith. like, it doesn’t matter what faith you’re a part of, as a human being you should be concerned and you should do something– we’re all people here.
    but, like you, i don’t know what i, a simple high schooler, can do that would actually help. so maybe if our voices shout together than someone will hear.
    love,
    jo

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    • Bayance says:

      JO I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU AND THIS IS SUCH AN ELOQUENT RESPONSE! thank you SO much for reading and caring and I find myself time and time again shocked at how we fail to see humanity’s past mistakes. I love that last sentence and ugh love this comment!! Thank you so much for taking a stand.

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  4. Jade rainbow says:

    I can’t breath. How can this be happing in our society?? Why aren’t we stoping this? More importantly, why aren’t we discussing this issue? I’m so proud of you guys for bringing this issue to the table. Love from Jade.

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      • Jade rainbow says:

        Of course I’lll always read. Awww welcome. This is so disgusting. More people need to be aware about these issues. My heart hurts for these people.
        This might sound controversial but why is it when something happens to Muslims know one talks about it? But the same happens in the west and everyone is talking about it? I can message you privately and we can talk more but do you know what I mean? Hopefully you I do.

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      • Bayance says:

        E x a c t l y!! An attack that killed 3000 people is worth loads more than the bombs that are killing millions coming from the West. Life is unfair but Muslims countries need to take a stand to their brothers and sisters! I totally get what you mean.

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  5. Tess says:

    i didn’t even know this was happening until you brought it to the table. no one, and i repeat, NO ONE, should be oppressed for what they believe. eSPECIALLY in ways that are this savage. i’m so disgusted and shocked. let’s signal boost this!

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    • Bayance says:

      It’s a real shame how little this is talked about and I didn’t even know before Aqsa asked me about it. I 💯 agree with you and it truly is sick. Thank you so much for reading and caring – it’s rare to find people like you! ❤️

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  6. Aqsa says:

    Yes girl!!!! This post is what was so incredibly needed in this community and a message that so desperately NEEDS to be heard globally. Thank you so much for taking part in this collab – you articulated every bit of information and every point so well. We need to stand together and support those that are being oppressed and be a voice that can spread the message that this is so not okay. What’s happening is purely sickening, and I completely agree that it is very much like the holocaust. One would think that as a society we would learn from our mistakes in the past, but unfortunately that isn’t the case and it’s so disheartening to say that. But change is possible, and we must use our voices to do so. I hope that this message through our posts can be spread, thank you so much again for agreeing to do this collab – it means the absolute world that we can use our platforms as fellow Muslims to stand up for our community when it and its people are in need. Lots of love xx

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    • Bayance says:

      AAAAH GIRL I want to thank you for bringing my awareness to this topic and advocating for it so well yourself. I truly admire you and your writing and I’m so happy we put forces together and made an impact, no matter how small. I 100% agree with you and right back at you! ❤️❤️

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  7. Ju The Dodo says:

    Unbelievable. I had no idea this was happening! Absolutely none of the media sources are highlighting this issue and the extent of it is shocking. As a Muslim myself, but as a person first, I hope this reaches as many people as possible.

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    • Bayance says:

      Right?? I didn’t know until recently. So true – this isn’t just an Islamic issue (altho the Islamic government needs to do the most), it’s a humans right issue that should concern all of us! No one deserves this and I thank you so much for caring!

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  8. ☾Adria☽ says:

    I’M FUMING! This is disgusting! I’ve had enough of people in power caring more about politics than people. Kashmir. The Amazonia. China. What is wrong with people? The rich get richer and more powerful and everyone else suffers because they’d rather put wealth BEFORE humanity? And the fact that this is becoming the new normal is scary. The fact that I read this and didn’t burst into tears because I’ve read hundreds of stories in the past two weeks alone about different places oppressing people for being different makes me sick to my stomach. I will definitely be sharing this all over and speaking to the consulate in my area about why this is wrong and what they intend to do to fix this. I’m tired of thoughts and prayers! Give me action! Give me equality! Give me a government that actually gives a damn about it’s people!

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  9. ☾Adria☽ says:

    Reblogged this on Adria and commented:
    Read this. Read it again. Read it until it surprises you, until it gets your stomach turning. I refuse to accept this as our new normal. Once it’s sunken in, call or email the Chinese consulate in your area and express your disgust, do so until they realise you won’t back down. Share this post. Share information about this on your social media. Find petitions to sign. Find pages with updates on the situation. Contact newspapers to cover the story. Hold a protest outside your consulate. Find a (certified)organisation you can donate to.

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  10. McKayla says:

    How is this even happening? And how is society not talking about it? That’s just horrible. We need to do something about it. And nobody should be discriminated against for what they believe (unless they believe is killing innocent people).

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  11. muzsbog says:

    When it was Hitler the world lost their minds (and that was in a time of no internet) and yet now, when the same thing is happening but with Muslims no one does or even SAYS anything. thanks bro, this was REALLY informative.

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  12. Amber says:

    HEYY BAYY ❤️
    Okay this post was so emotional? I literally feel like I’m going to be crying through that whole documentary but I will watch it tonight and keep you updated ❤
    Is it really bad that I've never heard of this? Of course, some part of me knew it, but I never really looked into it, I pretended it wasn't happening and I was stupid for doing that. We shouldn't turn our backs on these massive issues just because they aren't all sunshine and rainbows ❤️ And this post has really… inspired me so thank you Bay 🙂 I will definitely be shouting out thbis post when I next get round to posting after my blogging marathon 🙂
    Amber xx

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