Young Son of Uyghurs Held in Xinjiang Political ‘Re-Education Camps’ Dies in Drowning Incident

The young son of two ethnic Uyghurs languishing in a political “re-education camp” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has drowned, according to official sources, highlighting how a policy of mass detentions in the region has left children to fend for themselves.

A Uyghur living in exile who is from Makit (in Chinese, Maigaiti) county, in the XUAR’s Kashgar (Kashi) prefecture, recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service that a 10-year-old boy had drowned in the area’s Zerepshan River.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing fear of government reprisal, said the boy’s parents had formerly worked at the loan department of a local bank before being detained at a county re-education camp, without providing details of when they were taken into custody, what offenses they were alleged to have committed, or what their names were.

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