What if more than 1 million people, the entire population of a city the size of Philadelphia, just disappeared? What if, day by day, more friends and family simply didn’t come home? There’s no doubt we would notice — and we would demand answers.
Many in the United States are still unaware, however, that the Chinese government has systematically imprisoned an estimated 1.5 million ethnic Uighurs from its far northwest territory over the last five years. Positioned west of the vast Gobi Desert and within the Taklamakan Desert that itself is almost as large as Germany, who has ever heard of Xinjiang province, or its capital city, Urumqi, a place so remote as to earn the Guinness title of the most inland city on the planet?
You can’t get there by boat. The shortest train connection is more than 28 hours to Xian in central China. Travel by airline is the best bet, or you can opt for the