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Uyghur refugee shares her 3-year of harrowing ordeal in Chinese ‘re-education’ camps

by ANI

Paris [France], January 18 (ANI): As reports confirming the human rights abuses on Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region continue to surface, Gulbahar Haitiwaji, an Uyghur woman who was lured back to Beijing from France only to be arrested, has recounted her harrowing experience in the “re-education” camps.
“In the camps, life and death do not mean the same thing as they do elsewhere. A hundred times over I thought, when the footfalls of guards woke us in the night, that our time had come to be executed. When a hand viciously pushed clippers across my skull, and other hands snatched away the tufts of hair that fell on my shoulders, I shut my eyes, blurred with tears, thinking my end was near,” Haitiwaji said in her book, “Rescapee du Goulag Chinois” (“Survivor of the Chinese Gulag”), co-authored with Le Figaro journalist Rozenn Morgat and published in French on January 13 by Editions des Equateurs.
According to a report by France 24, for three years, Haitiwaji, of the Turkish-speaking, Muslim, Uighur minority, lived through the torment of Chinese re-education camps.
In the book, the author recounted the “interrogations, torture, hunger, brainwashing and forced sterilisations she experienced or witnessed” in the camps.
Recalling the day when she had received the call that changed her life, she said that in November 2016 her former company in China had “summoned her to sign some official papers needed for her retirement”.
Despite having a “bad feeling about it” and knowing the fate of exiled Uyghurs, she agreed to go to China for two weeks.
Shortly after arriving, Haitiwaji was arrested and taken to the Karamay police station, where she was shown a photo of a young woman she knew all too well – one of her daughters, Gulhumar, France 24 said.

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