List of Demolished Uyghur Mosques in XUAR
ئۇيغۇر ئىلىدىكى چېقىلىپ تۈزلەنگەن جامە ۋە مەسچىتلەر تىزىملىكى
Bahram K. Sintash
بەھرام قۇربان سىنتاش
I’ve been living in horror 24/7 since I was informed about my father’s detention in 2018. Two weeks ago, a tweet squeezed my heart and I have reached my limit. Two of our historic Mosques disappeared on Google map and it hit me as if someone was telling me my parents were killed. Then I started collecting facts on other disappearing Mosques to document China’s crime against humanity.
Since 2017, China has sped up their brutal crackdown on Uyghurs. China is eliminating Uyghur identity and heritage in their claim to create forever peace and stability for the CCP. 1 to 3 million Uyghurs are locked up, including almost all Uyghur intellectuals and leaders, in China’s newly built “Re-Education Camps”; also called “21st Century Concentration Camps” in the Xinjiang Uyghurs Autonomous Region. China demolished Mosques and built the camps at the same time. My estimation is, about 30% of Mosques (about 5000, same as RFA's estimation) were completely demolished. 80% of domes and towers were demolished/removed from Mosques and other architecture in XUAR.
I call all human beings to stand up with Uyghurs to save Uyghur culture and rest of the Mosques in this ongoing genocide!
As I ended my Op-Ed with on the Washington Post last month; Beijing believes China can only reach its full potential if the cultural and ethnic identities of its minorities dissolve away. But we Uighurs will prevail as a culture if we find a way to save our language and our art. Our message is clear: We are not erasable.
All other historic and religious architecture of Uyghurs are under threat! China would also make them disappear on Google map soon if we don’t take immediate action and speak up! Take action by spreading the news and letting everyone know of these crimes. Please help spread this news! This history does not only belong to Uyghurs but all of humanity.
This is only a list of some demolished Mosques that I and other people have found as disappeared on Google map. I’m also working on documenting the Demolished Uyghur Mosques for the UHRP and collating more information on each Mosque and other historic and religious architecture.