The Birth of a Thousand Mothers

Rebiya Kadeer
Asia-Pacific and South Asia
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Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer reveals the plight of her people under the repressive Chinese government. She explains how the Uyghurs, like the Tibetans, are living in an open prison, forced to abandon their culture and subjected to torture, imprisonment, and execution for speaking out against the government. She tells the audience about her personal struggles—how she spent six years in a Chinese prison, and how two of her sons are currently serving lengthy prison sentences as well. Despite enduring such hardship, Kadeer tells the audience that indifference is not an option and individuals must use the power of their voices to fight.

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