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The Missing: Meet the families torn apart by China’s crackdown on Uyghurs


July 14, 2019 10:50:29

Video: Lutfy has been trapped in Xinjiang since he was born.

(ABC News)

This is Lutfy. He is an Australian citizen but he and his mother, Nadila, have been trapped in China’s Xinjiang province and banned from leaving ever since he was born.

Lutfy’s father Sadam lives in Australia. He has never met his son and he hasn’t seen his wife for two years. He’s desperate for the Chinese government to let them leave Xinjiang and join him.

Sadam and his family are Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority who have been rounded up, detained and forcibly indoctrinated by the Chinese government.

These Uyghurs live in Australia, but all of them are missing someone in Xinjiang.

It’s estimated more than 1 million Uyghurs are being held in detention and re-education camps, with a UN committee saying the region resembles a “massive internment camp”.

It appears to be the largest imprisonment of people on the basis of religion since the Holocaust.

Beijing is accused of attempting to re-engineer the thoughts, behaviour and beliefs of 11 million Uyghurs — to create a society loyal to the Communist Party and without a distinct identity.

Watch the investigation, Tell the World, on Four Corners, Monday at 8.30pm on ABC TV, iview and YouTube.


Reporter: Sophie McNeill

Photography and video: Ron Foley

Sound: Rob Mackay

Digital producer: Brigid Andersen

Designer: Georgina Piper

Producer: Jeanavive McGregor

Research: Meredith Griffiths, Michael Walsh, Echo Hui










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July 14, 2019 05:23:33