"A Vanishing Glory."
This 4 minute multi-media presentation reminds us that it's not just about statistics, but precious individuals whose lives have been severely impacted. Faces, traditional music, and cultural elements in a beautiful presentation. Watch it. Post it. Show it.
"Voice for the Voiceless" project
A new project we have undertaken is to record short video testimonials advocating for selected Uyghur individuals who disappeared into the camps and whose status is still unknown. Feel free to distribute the links.
Silk Road Peace Project
The Silk Road Peace Project is a movement of prayer, racial reconciliation, and advocacy, seeking peaceful resolution to an unprecedented human rights crisis unfolding in NW China. It was established as a non-profit by a small group of concerned individuals with many years of experience in the region, as well as proficiency in the languages and cultures involved. It is our conviction that the majority and minority cultures and laguages of this region each possess a unique glory which deserve the same respect and protection.
What is happening?
Reliable sources indicate that up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities (Kazakh, Kyrghiz, and Hui) are being held in "re-education camps" in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The entire province is under a high-tech form of martial law with a dense network of facial recognition cameras and police check-points. This combination of concentration camps plus high tech surveillance has created an Orwellian nightmare unprecedented in human history.
Eye-witness accounts indicate that brain-washing techniques, psychiatric drugs, torture, sexual abuse, malnutrition, and unsanitary conditions are rampant in the camps. A severe religious persecution is also underway, targeting both the large Muslim population as well as Christians and other smaller groups. In addition, extreme cultural repression is taking place province-wide including a ban on minority languages, ethnic dress, customs, and even decor. The most informed and reliable news sources are using the term "cultural genocide" to describe what is taking place.
Why is this happening?
The XUAR (in NW China), has a long history of racial and political tension. However, in the last couple of years the Chinese government has abruptly changed course - from a policy of relative tolerance to one of extreme repression. While the new policy is being carried out under a pretext of "anti-extremism," the severity is completely out of proportion to any credible threat to national security. Thousands of families have been split apart as fathers and mothers have been incarcerated leaving children behind in government-run orphanages (many of which are just scaled down versions of the re-education camps). These families (all citizens of China) are not suffering because they broke the law. They are suffering because of their ethnic background.
Why is Silk Road Peace Project needed?
There are many well-established organizations around the world focused on social justice. Likewise, there are also a number of organizations which focus on the importance of prayer. Not many combine the two, especially with a focus on the remote but troubled XUAR.
That's where Silk Road Peace Project comes in. We are convinced from a study of history, that action and prayer must go hand-in-hand for maximum effectiveness.
What are the specific involvements of Silk Road Peace Project?
- Facilitating strategic prayer networks in multiple languages.
- Convening multi-ethnic gatherings to promote understanding and reconciliation.
- Developing media resources to help bring awareness of the seriousness of the situation - see this recent media tool that we have just completed.
- Reaching out to members of affected communities to help with practical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
- Providing venues where victims' voices can be heard - "listening events."
- Joining efforts to inform government leaders and to support appropriate legislation.
How can I get involved?
- Join a prayer network.
- Give financially. We depend on donations to host events, cover travel expenses, host this website, etc.
- Attend a reconciliation or listening event.
- Write your representatives in government.
Contact us for more information
Due to the sensitive nature of the issue we are seeking to address, we do not post names and addresses on this website. However, feel free to email us and we will send you a reply: Clck here for contact form.