The Things We Cannot Say: Tales of China’s Muslim Minorities Who Fled State-sponsored Persecution

May 2019

The cell was 1.8 meters high and maybe 80-by-80-centimeters wide. Erkin (pseudonym is used to protect the person’s identity) couldn’t remember the exact size. The four walls were closing in on him so tightly that he felt stuck in a narrow well. His hands were chained, and he could barely move. A guard poured a bucket of water over him as if the harsh winter of Xinjiang wasn’t already cold enough. With a sudden feeling of faintness, he fell.

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