Corn on the cob

by Thomas Beal

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PHOTO: Corn on the cob. © Thomas Beal, 2002

Children are among the estimated 1 million Muslim minorities – Uighurs,
Kazakhs, Hui, Uzbeks and others – detained in the network of internment
camps in the northwestern Chinese territory of Xinjiang.

Uighur children such as these are now rarely seen on the streets of Urumqi
or Kashgar. Thousands whose ages range from 4 to 14, and whose parents have
been taken to political re-education camps, are said to be held in so-called
'Little Angel Schools', overcrowded facilities surrounded by barbed wire
and armed guards.