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The Chief Witness: escape from China's modern-day concentration camps

The Chief Witness: escape from China's modern-day concentration camps (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Sauytbay, Sayragul
With Cavelius, Alexandra
Translated by Waight, Caroline

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I will never forget the camp. I cannot forget the eyes of the prisoners, expecting me to do something for them. They are innocent. I have to tell their story, to tell about the darkness they are in. It is so easy to suffocate us with the demons of powerlessness, shame, and guilt.... But we aren't the ones who should feel ashamed. Born in China's north-western province, Sayragul Sauytbay trained as a doctor before being appointed a senior civil servant. But her life was upended when the Chinese authorities incarcerated her. Her crime: being Kazakh, one of China's ethnic minorities. The north-western province borders the largest number of foreign nations and is the point in China that is the closest to Europe. In recent years it has become home to over 1,200 penal camps - modern-day gulags that are estimated to house three million members of the Kazakh and Uyghur minorities. Imprisoned solely due to their ethnicity, inmates are subjected to relentless punishment and torture, including being beaten, raped, and used as subjects for medical experiments. The camps represent the greatest systematic incarceration of an entire people since the Third Reich. In prison, Sauytbay was put to work teaching Chinese language, culture, and politics, in the course of which she gained access to secret information that revealed Beijing's long-term plans to undermine not only its minorities, but democracies around the world. Upon her escape to Europe she was reunited with her family, but still lives under constant threat of reprisal. This rare testimony from the biggest surveillance state in the world reveals not only the full, frightening scope of China's tyrannical ambitions, but also the resilience and courage of its author.
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ISBN 9781922310538
Published NZ 4 May 2021
Publisher Scribe Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781922310538
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Published 4 May 2021
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Translated from German
Author(s) By Sauytbay, Sayragul
With Cavelius, Alexandra
Translated by Waight, Caroline
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Embargos & Sanctions
Human Rights
Australian
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Current Affairs & Issues
ONIX Text General/trade

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