‘I took a business trip to China. Then I got shackled to a chair.’ The heartbreaking stories of Uyghurs in exile

Istanbul, Turkey (Toronto Star) – They brought her to a small, windowless room.

Jalilova Gulkbahar says there were dozens of other women hunched over, their wrists shackled to their feet.

She recalls screaming.

A camp worker rushed over to urge her to stay quiet.

“Please don’t scream. Breaking rules will be punished,” the worker whispered in Uygher.

Gulkbahar, a businesswoman and grandmother of Uyghur heritage, was detained in May 2017, and says she spent the next 15 months in that 375-square-foot room, part of a Chinese internment centre, sickness, hunger, sexual harassment from guards and gruelling interrogations in an underground cell.

Hers is one of the stories now emerging from Uyghurs of their treatment at the hands of the Chinese government.

 

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