This article is written by a Uighur activist living through the ordeal of being a Muslim under Chinese rule. We have chosen not to disclose her name for her safety.
Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority that consider this region its homeland are forced to live a inhuman life. There are a lot of restrictions as mosques are barred from broadcasting the call to prayer—the adhan. Restrictions on the movements of laborers have wreaked havoc on local agriculture. And a battery of ever more intrusive ways are released to monitor the communications of citizens for possible threats to public security.
The tough security measures are for travelers are on full views as they stop at the ubiquitous highway checkpoints that slow movement across rugged expanse of deserts and snowy peaks.
As heavily armed soldiers rummage through car trunks and examine ID cards, ethnic Uighur motorists and their passengers are sometimes asked to hand over their cellphones so that the police can search them for content or software deemed a threat to public security.
In the name of security, Uyghurs are being suppressed by the police. Sometimes it crossed all the limits. The situation is getting worse, day by day. Police may ask citizens to hand over their cell phones at any time. These days even receiving phone calls from overseas is enough to warrant a visit from state security.
In addition to jihadist videos, the police are on the lookout for Skype and WhatsApp, apps popular with those who communicate with friends and relatives outside China, and for software that allows users to access blocked websites.
Now, the government decides what to wear and how to pray.
The most shocking thing is now government is telling to change the name of their children.
Day by day the government brutality is increasing. They are posing new laws. In some homes there are only babies or small kids as their parents have been taken away.
Police patrols, include one official policeman, three members of the auxiliary police, and 10 militia members from each village that they inspect. At night, they patrol until 2:00 a.m., and stop anyone found walking around so that they can check their backgrounds and identification.
Police also investigate residents' guests to see if they have come from out of town, with police confiscating visitors' identification cards until they have returned to their own homes. Village residents wishing to visit relatives or seek medical treatment in other places must first obtain a letter from village police describing past political involvements, according to police officials.
Other measures have contributed to the widespread perception that Uighur identity is under siege. Schools have largely switched to using Mandarin as the main language of instruction instead of Uighur, and the government has begun offering cash and housing subsidies to encourage marriages between Uighurs and Han, the country's ethnic majority, who have migrated to the region in large numbers.
These are some links to social media accounts that help share our ordeal.