Doctor paralyzed after nine months in camp

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A man in a torture position used in Xinjiang's
internment camps. (Photo: ChinaAid)

(Altay, Xinjiang—Nov. 5, 2019) A doctor has been paralyzed after serving nine months in a Chinese internment camp.

The physician, Sawulie Miletai, was detained after authorities accused her of wearing a hijab multiple times and never drinking alcohol. In addition, they said she seldom went to any parties and often travels to Kazakhstan, where her family lives.

The officials then took her to an internment camp, where she was held in a dark room for nine months. There, she was beaten with such severity she suffered injury to her waist and was left paralyzed. She was also denied food and forced to study Communist Party propaganda.

Due to her deteriorating health, authorities released her on Oct. 15, 2018, but she has had to remain at home under tight surveillance. Six officers have been monitoring her, and her family has been made to pay the government agents’ living expenses.

The Chinese government has been placing minority people in Xinjiang in such internment camps. The inmates are then tortured, starved, and forced to study propaganda.

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