Today, on World Children’s Day, Campaign for Uyghurs calls to remembrance the over 500,000 Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Muslim children have been forcibly removed from their parents’ care and placed in the hands of the Chinese regime. The emotional, physical, and spiritual impact of this brutal reality is etched on the heart of every single Uyghur and should be on that of every human being. While the United Nations continues to allow China to manipulate the global human rights narrative, these children have been targeted for social engineering, inflicting emotional torture on entire families. In the process of carrying out its brutal genocide, the Chinese regime is also insidiously violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Campaign for Uyghurs recently took a trip to Turkey. Over the course of these travels, staff members met with Uyghur youth, several of whom are homeless in Istanbul due to having parents who are missing in the concentration camps. Executive Director Rushan Abbas stated regarding the meetings, “It is incredibly sobering to be reminded of the toll of this genocide by seeing the pain play out in the eyes of children, to watch youth who are so terribly scarred by a burden they should never have been forced to bear. And who is the cause of this? The enemy of all humanity, the Chinese Communist Party.”
CFU Communications Director Julie Millsap stated in a social media post about the trip, “I can’t articulate the feeling of heartbreak to see a room of 17-18-year-old youths who feel desperate, hopeless, at what should be the most exciting time of their lives. I must do better. We all must.”
For the Uyghur parents desperately seeking to be reunited with their children, and for the children who may not have parents to be reunited with, we see you, we hear you, we feel you. We will never stop fighting for these unspeakable brutalities to be stopped. This World Children’s Day, may the world wake up to the fact that there is no cause to celebrate while international bodies continue to ignore the horrors inflicted by the Chinese regime. This is not an abstract political cause, it is the pain and agony of children, and it is the horrific future unless we all act to stop it.
For more information, watch CFU’s video on the atrocities against Uyghur children here.