As Egypt cracks down on Uyghur students, Chinese Muslims in Cairo are torn between economic opportunity and their faith.
By François Napoleon
The Diplomat - August 02, 2017
Since July 4, scores of his Chinese classmates from Al-Azhar
University – all of them Uyghurs from China’s northwest Xinjiang
province – have been arrested by the Egyptian police.
Those who managed to escape the raids are hiding in the capital or
trying to leave the country, according to Sweden Uyghur Education Union
President Nijat Turghun. All are afraid of being expelled to China,
where they will be at risk of arbitrary detentions and torture.
“Many of their families in Xinjiang were visited by Chinese
authorities a few weeks ago. There were pressures; barely veiled threats
were made to force them to come home. And then the Egyptian police
started raiding restaurants and residences of Uyghurs studying at
Al-Azhar. Some have managed to escape, but we expect most to be
deported,” said Ma, a 28-year-old Chinese Muslim from Linxia, in the
province of Gansu.