Ferkat's Story

By Uyghur Aid - January 31, 2019

My name is Ferkat Jawdat, a Uyghur American currently living in Washington DC area. I came to the US in 2011 with my three siblings. My father had already moved to the United States in 2006. Since my father's move to the States, we tried different ways to get my mother a Chinese passport,so she could come to US and be reunited with us. However the Chinese government didn’t issue her a passport, even though she was cleared by the United States and issued all the paperwork from the US embassy in China.

For the past eight years my mother had been living alone in our old house in Yining city, Xinjiang, China. Because of long separation and all the pressure she was hospitalized five times in 2017 for heart, brain and nerve issues. Although her health condition was very bad, she was detained for 22 days in end of 2017 and again from February 6th, 2018 until today.

We have heard from family friends and from some Western journalists, that she is still in a camp, but we don’t know her current well being or even if she is still alive. I have spoken to the media and to the US government officials about her, but we still haven’t heard anything from the Chinese government.

My mother’s youngest brother Aniwaier Tuersun has been detained since the spring of 2016 and another brother Nuertayi Tuersun has been detained since the summer of 2017. We have other five other relatives from my father’s side, that were all detained in one day in March 2018.