Uyghur Muslims: A Poem For My Father Who Stayed In His Grave Only 623 Days

“On 15th April, I discovered from Google Earth Pro map that the graveyard and tomb of my father were all destroyed. My father stayed in his tomb for only 623 days. The Chinese government said this was done in order to modernize us, but their true aim was to destroy Uyghur ethnic, cultural, and religious identities. I felt as if my father’s body had been brutally torn out of its resting place in our ancestors’ land.”


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