Uyghur desperation at home and in exile

Aziz Isa Elkun
Research affiliate, SOAS, University of London


In our world, when prehistoric humans had their first conscious of their humanity, they have understood how important it’s to protect their own interests against others. Since then, human history has been filled with periodic wars against each other and it caused great tragedies. Until today, many nations in the in world have suffered some forms of tragedy that caused by humans own wars. In the digital world of the 21st century, the Uyghur tragedy is none of the example and not exceptional.

Particularly beginning in this century, countries have found useful methods to peruse their interests with the tool of nationalism. The nationalism is about people, land and the relationship between them. Nationalistic propaganda seeks to define a special relationship between a unique people and a particular piece of the earth’s land.

Under the current policies being pursued by Chinese president Xi Jinping since 2016, millions of Uyghurs are suffering inhuman treatment in the internment camps within the Uyghur region, but Uyghurs in exile are also suffering because China has effectively cut off all communication between Uyghurs at home and abroad.

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Desire for Spring

Abdurehim Ötkur
translated by Aziz Isa Elkun

The moth in the candle flame
Burns itself bravely
For your beautiful face my love
I would sacrifice myself. 

Once you came with a smile
The flower garden was filled with your love
Where have these days gone
Now I have become a wanderer. 

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Borders

Aziz Isa Elkun

Borders
How long is it 
since you became a source of conflict?
We all know well you did not exist
before Adam was born
At that time humans were kind 
and they knew how to love

So why did humans create you ?
Why are they obsessed with you now? 
There are so many wars because of you …
You know 

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