A Uyghur Muslim has revealed the horrors she reportedly endured inside Chinese concentration camps, recounting being separated from her children, witnessing firsthand abuse, and having no pillow or bed on which to sleep.
Mihrigul Tursun told The Christian Post her harrowing story of being arrested and detained on three separate occasions. The first arrest unfolded after she gave birth to triplets in 2015; she was detained at an airport in Urumqi, Xinjiang, the autonomous region in northwest China where many ethnic minorities live.
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Tursun said her babies, Moez, Elina, and Mohaned, were taken away when they were just two months old — and that’s not the worst part of the ordeal. She was reportedly detained for two months, and when she was finally able to reach her children, she learned her son Mohaned had died.
Additionally, Tursun’s other two babies were in “very bad condition,” with scars on their necks and uncertainty surrounding what befell them during her detainment, she told The Post.
“I don’t know what they gave my children,” she said. “I don’t know anything.”
Health issues continue today for both children, nearly seven years after the ordeal, with her son facing heart and lung issues and her daughter undergoing eye surgeries. Tursun’s little boy still wears diapers.
The refugee told CNN in 2019 she plans to tell her children what happened to their brother Mohaned when they get older and can better understand.
“I will tell them everything,” Tursun said. “I will tell them the Chinese government killed their brother.”
After Tursun’s first release, she said she was surveilled by Chinese Communist Party officials and was detained again in 2017.
The conditions she faced were horrific and included “electric shock,” physical abuse, and mental abuse.
Tursun said the situation was equally traumatic during her third detainment in 2018, when she was placed, at times, in solitary confinement. With no beds to sleep on and not enough space for the 60 women in her area, she noted the detainees — who were given no pillows — took turns sleeping.
Beyond that, prisoners could only go to the bathroom three times per day; when they were denied access to the toilet, they were forced to soil themselves, The Post noted.
Defiant Chinese government officials have denied Tursun’s story, claiming her deceased son was sent to live with relatives in Turkey. China’s Foreign Ministry called her story a “complete lie” and accused her of having “ulterior motives.”
But Tursun isn’t backing down. After her final release, she fled with her children to the United States and now shares her harrowing story with media outlets and those willing to listen. Read more about her ordeal here.
The Xinjiang region has been the centerpiece of claims against China’s communist government, as Uyghur Muslims like Tursun continue to share their horrific stories.
And while the world accuses China of genocide, Chinese officials, calling their detainment facilities “re-education camps,” have claimed efforts aim to root out extremism, not commit genocide. Read more about the tragic situation here.
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