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Members of the Uighur community living in Turkey hold a protest near China’s consulate in Istanbul Members of the Uighur community living in Turkey hold a protest near China’s consulate in Istanbul, Feb. 10, 2021 (AP photo by Mehmet Guzel).

Uighurs in Exile Are Still Waiting on the World to Act

, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021

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The shocking allegations of systematic sexual abuse of ethnic Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region, detailed in a recent BBC report, did not come as a surprise to Arfat Erkin, a Uighur student living in the United States. “It is something all Uighurs know subconsciously,” the 23-year-old told me. “We all knew that, but we never brought it up or faced it, because it’s devastating.” ...

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