My name is Ziba Murat. I am an Uyghur-American. I have a plea to the world: Please help me bring my mom home from China’s concentration camp.
“You should get some rest when your baby is sleeping” this was her last message to me on 9/10/2018. That was the day when our worst nightmare became a reality. The Chinese government has extended their evil hands to take my mother, Dr. Gulshan Abbas, a 57-year-old Uyghur retired medical doctor, an intellectual, and most importantly, a law-abiding citizen of the People’s Republic of China. She was taken by the police to China’s infamous concentration camp where Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other ethnic Muslims are held, prisoner.
The InternationalWomens MediaFoundation awarded Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service Journalist Gulchehre Hoja with the Courage in Journalism Award 2020.
After joining RFA in the US, she was sent a “red notice” from China, banning her entry to the country. Her family in East Turkistan face cultural genocide.
RFA Uyghur Service is the only Uyghur-language news service operating outside of China. Some of the most crucial reporting on the situation on the ground comes from this service.
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) today announced the recipients of its 30th annual Courage in Journalism Awards. Marking 30 years of exceptional courage in reporting, this year’s winners include Jessikka Aro of Finland’s Yle; imprisoned Egyptian multimedia journalist Solafa Magdy; Yakeen Bido, a freelance broadcast journalist in Syria; and, Uighur journalist of Radio Free Asia, Gulchehra Hoja.
On May 17th, 2020, Amnesty International USA Local Group 37 hosted a virtual meeting and featured CFU’s Executive Director, Rushan Abbas, who presented on the Uyghur genocide. It was a successful presentation with a lot of involvement from everyone who attended. Many were moved by Rushan’s personal stories, disturbed at the oppression Uyghurs are experiencing both in East Turkistan and abroad, and moved to further action. Given that concentration camps and crematoria are being established in the 21st century took many by surprise. It is these shocking truths that more people need to be aware of.
CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m. EST
Campaign for Uyghurs: www.campaignforuyghurs.org
Laylat al-Qadr, the night that the holy Quran was revealed, is a night of extreme importance for Muslims around the world. Campaign for Uyghurs extends greetings to the brothers and sisters in the Muslim community and asks for their remembrance of the Uyghur community in prayer on this occasion.
1. If you are not sure who you Representative(s) is/are, go to https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative and enter your zip code to get the information for your member of Congress.
2. Call the U.S. House switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you cannot get through the first time that you call, please keep trying as the switchboard may be extremely busy!
3. Follow the prompts or say the name of which member of Congress you wish to speak to.
4. A staff person will answer the phone. A sample message is listed below, but it is even better if you use your own message!
Max Gelber, a Director of Special Projects for CFU and Staff Member from Uyghur American Association, put together a COVID-19 guide to resources. Please click here to access the document. If anyone needs help navigating resources, please contact Max Gelber (954-297-9694; Max@UyghurAA.org).
The Google Doc is an open, view-only file that he is updating as he gets new information. The guide includes information on how to access federal and state benefits (unemployment, stimulus COVID-19 stimulus payment, SNAP, Medicaid, etc) and local government/non-government assistance (utilities, rent, food, etc). While it focuses on Northern Virginia and Maryland, it also has useful information for anyone living in the US.