by M.H Uyghur
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Here is a speech I gave recently in a Lutheran church of a neighboring country.
Thank you for your generosity and for giving me the opportunity to speak for the Uyghurs, a people indigenous to central Asia and mostly Muslim.
I start my speech by quoting the book of Daniel 10:12 <Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. > amen.
As a God-fearing person, I have always maintained a special intimate relationship with my creator. It gives me inner peace and strength to keep struggling for my family and my people- the Uyghurs. The Uyghurs are
one of the most oppressed peoples and have been through many challenges, including discrimination, isolation, concentration camps, and a modern-day cultural genocide. Since 2017, the communist government in China have started a new initiative, sending millions of people into concentrations camps, erasing Uyghur culture, a beautiful culture formed through a long history influenced by East and West, Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
One of the core values of Uyghur culture is not foreign to Christians, as it is about forgiveness, harmony, caring, being merciful to others and family. A tremendous amount of suffering comes from the inhuman policy of the Chinese communist party, which created and increased hate between two groups, the Chinese Han majority, and the Uyghurs. Hate comes from the evil, which the Good One alerted us about. We learned to fight back, as God teaches us to love each other.
When my parents were in concentration camps, I, of course, questioned my Creator for not immediately answering my prayers. I had more trust in myself but did not give the authority to my Lord. I tried to save them by my actions, so I used out of all my strength, energy and plans. I was desperate, frustrated and depressed. Then, one day, I humbled myself before my God and gave Him all the authority to guide me.
Psychological, mental and even spiritual sufferings are the results of the current situation. It has eaten my inner peace, I was burned out, suffered from anxiety, anger and at the end hate started to spread seeds in my heart. That was the very last thing I wanted, it could have burned down my entire life. That was the point when I started to be scared, to feel lonely and empty. I started to suspect everyone, felt powerless and hopeless. The only way I could overcome all of these was to place my faith in God, who definitely loves me and would never leave me alone.
My parents have been released; it is a relief for me. But there are millions of innocent people who are still suffering in concentration camps. They are forced to denounce their faith, the only thing that keeps them spiritually alive, just like young Daniel and his fellow friends, who were forced to worship pagan gods, which they denied, and as a punishment, they were thrown into a flaming fire. The Uyghur nation is going to undergo a similar fate, and they need help, yes, Uyghurs are a Muslim nation, and they need good Samaritans to show them love and support. I am so blessed by God almighty to have chosen me to be their voice before you. I am not asking you to involve in political affairs, I just want you to spread this information to people around you, organize prayers and rally for Uyghur people, to send letters to the Chinese embassy in your country, to express your concerns and tell them to stop the oppression.
Thank you again for this opportunity, God loves you all, may Him bless you and your community.