Xinjiang: What China shows world vs. what former detainee describesAugust 10, 2019
At the Shule County Vocational Skill Education Training Center, on the outskirts of Kashgar, the largest city in western Xinjiang, slogans displayed inside the building include “Patriotism,” “Respect for Work” and “Wealth and Strength.”
More than 1,000 Uighurs in their 20s to 40s are enrolled at the center, which has a dormitory accommodating 10 in each room, a cafeteria and other facilities. The center claims it teaches other vocational skills besides Mandarin language, but it was not clear what they were.
Naoko Mizutani, associate professor at Meiji University who specializes in Uighurs and Chinese minorities, said at least 100 people have been killed at re-education centers in Xinjiang. “But this figure is only something that has surfaced so far,” she said. “It is just the tip of the iceberg.”