Uighurs Seek a Passage to India

The Times of India writes that some Uighurs from Xinjiang Autonomous Region are hoping to immigrate to India:

Before (Kashgar resident) Ibrahim saw his savings go out with the light on his modem, he could not imagine living anywhere but Kashgar, and encouraged his family to learn Mandarin and become a part of the fabric of greater China.

“When I saw signs that you cannot go to mosque if you are a government employee or a working person, I thought okay, better to focus on business than pray. I thought only (political) troublemakers are punished but I know the innocent people who disappeared. I saw some who came back tortured. I am ashamed to say I am afraid to even help those families.”

…”We can do more from India. We thought of Pakistan, but they have returned Uighur refugees to China. India has welcomed Tibetans and we are similar,” he reasons before turning back to the heap of coffeestained notes and maps with highlighted routes into India strewn over his keyboard and table.

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