There is no choice but to be resilient

By Halmurat Uyghur

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Sayragul Sauytbay (left), former detainee Tursunay Ziawudun (right), images via BBC

The testimony of the witnesses was a shock to the world, major media outlets were once again focusing on the Uyghurs. My gratitude to journalists, sympathy, and condolences to the victims.

Reading the article which was covering the testimony of the witnesses of the camps were testifying the horrific sciences of organized gang rape, forced prostitution, and soulless criminals who are being ordered to commit such atrocity, have agonized and angry me. Overwhelming pain pierced my heart and evil wants to arise hate in my soul. Negative thoughts striking my soul, arousing the evil thoughts of retaliation. Then I kneeled down, prayed to my God, ask strength to overcome this temptation and restore peace in me. And He did.

What CCP is forcing upon our fellows are tactics of psychological warfare, aim to destroy our identity and sense of belonging. Maybe many will fall, many will surrender & melt into the artificially uniformed CCP identity. But we will continue to preserve ourselves with the remnant of Uyghurs. What we’re doing is not an insurgency, all we want is freedom, family reunification, and our God-given rights as human beings. What happened to those women in the concentration camp is a personification of what is happening to the Uyghur nation, our human dignity has been trampled.

The Uyghurs are a peace-loving nation, and I do not mean to propagate or cover it up. This is a reality because our power is so weak compared to the power against us is, one of the strongest in the world. It is so arrogant and so confident that it believes that it will tramp over us. So, Uyghurs have no other way out, and even if peace is not our choice, the Uyghurs are forced to choose it for our very existence. This is a reality, and so the oppression that the Uyghurs have endured over the years has made the Uyghurs realize how precious peace is. But the Chinese government is trying to dampen the hopes of the Uyghurs, which is not a benign choice at all. If God wills, He can defeat the giant through David. Like what he said to Jonah, “you have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, not made it grow, which came up in a light and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left-and much livestock?” (Jonah 3:10-11). God is slow to anger, but He will definitely not forsaken Uyghurs!

Imagine that, when the relatives of millions of Uyghurs are in captivity, no one knows what tragedy they are experiencing. They can’t get in touch with their families, their loved ones are in concentration camps, and all the information they receive is scary news. Can you imagine, what kind of hurricanes is torturing their souls in their inner world? I saw many Uyghurs in exile, interviewed them, listened to their experiences, cried with them, and prayed with them. It’s hard to imagine how much pain they were living in, so even though my parents were released, I continued to act as a human rights activist. My only purpose was to give hope to these poor people. What makes me continue is not ambition or an idealistic future, that is luxury, but purely hoping to give a tiny light of hope to those desperate and depressed people. I am so tiny and weak, I can’t overturn the fate of my beloved nation, but at least, I do what my humble capability allows me to offer. With God’s help, that tiny work we, Uyghurs and friends are contributing, would work like the miracle of fish and bread, will enough to feed the spirit of people who are in thirst to hope. Giving hope is making peace! Which is mutually beneficial for all of us, Uyghurs, Chinese, and beyond. So, what I am doing is not enmity, but presenting the olive leaf. And I humbly ask you to do the same. Least you can do it, chose a victim to help, and promote it for sake of his/her liberation from the camps. There are millions of innocent souls are remaining unknown to us, but thanks to Xinjiang victim database, there are thousands are listed, and you can choose at least one victim to be your cause, to be your personal contribution to the greater cause. May God be with you!

Uyghurs’ will not cry, we’ll be strong!

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