Uyghur community

China is erasing their culture. In exile, Uyghurs remain defiant.

A growing Uyghur diaspora has found refuge—and a reconnection to their culture—in the neighborhoods of Istanbul.

Girls pray in a back room at a cultural center that serves as a mosque in the Sefaköy neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey to separate them from male members of the local community also gathered for prayer. Uyghurs make up one of China’s largest minority groups and have faced various forms of persecution for decades. Those who were already outside China or managed to escape in time have found refuge in Turkey and other countries where they have reconnected to their religion and other traditions.
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