Peter Mackler: Uygurs battle to survive as terror war takes toll

From the Standard:

Few Westerners have heard of the Uygurs, a proud, Turkic-speaking people descended from nomads, who today scratch out a living in the rugged mountains and deserts of landlocked province.

But supporters see them as a prime example of a beleaguered population caught in the crunch between the vaunted worldwide drive for by the United States and the realpolitik of its war on terror.

For since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, China has billed a clampdown on Xinjiang’s Muslims as a drive against al-Qaeda-linked terrorists. Uygurs and their friends vehemently dispute the claim.

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