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CONTENT WARNING: torture, sexual violence

Read this, I want to say.

Because Tursunay Ziawudun wrote her story

in her own blood and tears.

Because never again is a lie.

Because again is right now, happening to her.

Do not read this, I want to say.

Because the pain will sear deep

in your mind and memory.

Because you will never forget it.



Electric prods inside, inside.

"I don't even want these words to spill from my mouth."

Tursunay Ziawudun says.

The men always wore masks, she says.

Several nights they took her, she says.

Read this, I want to say.

Bear witness to genocide—

Jews, Maya, Uighurs—

do not turn away.

Do not read this, I want to say.

Because some nightmares

never end.

Tursunay Ziwudun, age 42, survived and escaped China's re-education camps for the Uighur people. She told her story of systematic rape, sexual abuse, and torture. More than a million Uighurs have been interned in these camps, subjected to brainwashing/"re-education," forced labor, and sterilization.

'Their goal is to destroy everyone": Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape.

U.S. Says China's Repression of Uighurs is 'Genocide'

Mary TURCK is a writer, editor and blogger (, a life-long activist, and a recovering attorney. She grew up on a farm, lives in Saint Paul, and loves reading, writing, walking, photography, and gardening.


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