“When I came to America, I could see that this is human. They, as a people, are living as a human. But in China, no. That’s different. You’re living in a cage…like animals.”
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese Uyghur people in the Xinjiang region are being actively persecuted, oppressed, and sent to concentration camps for “re-education” where they are tortured, abused, indoctrinated, and killed.
In an exclusive interview with National File, Chinese Uyghur Mamatili Yakuf tells his story, where he describes a dark, dystopian, authoritarian China.
Yakuf was born and raised in Xinjiang, China by a family of coal miners. He grew up with his mother, father, two sisters and one brother. Yakuf fled Communist China in 2016, after years of mistreatment, abuse, and neglect by his government for being a member of the Uyghur ethnic minority.
His friends tell him that it was a “miracle” that he made it out safely before it was too late, that he would be dead if he hadn’t.