The first memoir about the "reeducation" camps by a Uyghur woman.
“I have written what I lived. The atrocious reality.”
— Gulbahar Haitiwaji to Paris Match
For three years Gulbahar Haitiwaji was held in Chinese detention centers and “reeducation” camps, enduring interrogations, torture, hunger, police violence, brainwashing, forced sterilization, freezing cold, rats, and nights under the blinding fluorescent lights of her prison cell. Her only crime? Being a Uyghur.
China’s brutal repression of Uyghurs, a Turkish-speaking Muslim ethnic group, has been denounced as genocide and reported widely in media around the world. In 2019, The New York Times published the “Xinjiang Papers,” leaked documents exposing the forced detention of more than one million Uyghurs in Chinese “reeducation” camps.
The Chinese government denies that these camps are concentration camps, seeking to legitimize their existence in the name of the “total fight against Islamic terrorism, infiltration and separatism” and calling them “schools.” But none of this is true. Gulbahar only escaped thanks to the relentless efforts of her daughter, with the help of the French diplomatic corps. Others have not been so fortunate.
In How I Survived a Chinese “Reeducation” Camp, Gulbahar Haitiwaji tells her story, describing the insidious nature of oppression, the dehumanizing effects of torture and brainwashing, and the human drive to survive — and resist — under even the most horrific circumstances
“My thoughts would get tangled up like a ball of yarn”: Read an excerpt from Gulbahar Haitiwaji’s memoir, How I Survived a Chinese “Reeducation Camp”