Feb 9, 2019

Abdurehim Heyit at Chinese Concentration Camp

I was saddened upon hearing the news on the death of Abdurehim Heyit at one of Chinese concentration camps. But that was a false news. Today a video of him emerged on social media showing him he is still alive. He is a prominent Uighur musician from Xinjiang region, which is mainly a home for Turkic-speaking people of interior Asia.

According to news, Heyit is supposedly detained since two years ago. He is sentenced to apparently serve for eight years in what is called "re-education" camps in the Xinjiang region, where more than a million Uighur Muslims are reportedly being detained and tortured.

Heyit is one of the most skilled Dutar players. It is not an easy instrument to master. I have been listening to his music since I was in college. Here is one of his beautiful pieces.