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Uighur children missing in ChinaChinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across the far western Xinjiang region, as around 1 million adults in their families are sent to internment camps. The orphanages are only the latest example of Beijing's efforts to systematically distance young Muslims in Xinjiang from their families and culture. Uighurs fear such efforts are erasing their ethnic identity, one child at a time.In Istanbul, the Associated Press spoke to a dozen Uighur families during Eid al-Adha, which comes with large family reunions. Like many Uighurs who fled China in recent years, Aziz thought that he just needed to wait for the political situation to calm down.The whole family – Nurmemet, Mehmut along with their five kids – moved to Istanbul in 2015 .He was apprehended at the Urumqi airport, his parents said.About two months after his son disappeared into the hands of authorities, someone claiming to be a Karamay police officer added Nurmemet on a Chinese messaging app, Nurmemet said.
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