'My soul, where are you?': families of Muslims missing in China meet wall of silence

'My soul, where are you?': families of Muslims missing in China meet wall of silence

An estimated one million Muslims are being held in re-education camps in Xinjiang. Across the border in Kazakhstan, there’s a desperate wait for news of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities

For more than a year, *Farkhad, 39, has lived with the uncertainty that his wife Mariam may be dead. *Mariam, 31, was visiting her hometown of Artush in Xinjiang, in northwest China, last March when she sent a frantic message to Farkhad that police were taking her away.

Over the next month, she messaged sporadically on WeChat from inside what appeared to be a detention centre. In April she said she was being transferred to another facility. Farkhad, who calls his wife “jenim” (my soul), wrote back: “My soul, what can I do?”

Related: US considers sanctions on China over treatment of Uighurs

The Chinese communist party wants to create ‘One people, one country, where there are no Uighurs, Kazakhs, or Uzbeks … just Chinese

They would say, there is no religion. The government and the party will take care of you

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