ISTANBUL | By Humeyra Pamuk
REUTERS - Mon Jul 27, 2015
Arife is a Uighur, one of thousands of members of China’s Turkic
language-speaking Muslim ethnic minority who have reached Turkey, mostly
since last year, infuriating Beijing, which accuses Ankara of helping
its citizens flee unlawfully.
officials deny playing any direct role in assisting the flight. But the
document, labeled "Republic of Turkey Emergency Alien's Travel
Document" suggests otherwise.
mother, Summeye, 35, says she was given it, along with documents for
herself and her three other children, by a diplomat at the Turkish
embassy in Kuala Lumpur, which she reached after a nine day journey
transported by people smugglers through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
document, valid only for travel to Turkey, lists the baby's place of
birth as Turpan, a city in China's western Xinjiang region. Under
"nationality", it says "East Turkestan", the name Uighur activists and
their Turkish supporters give for their Chinese-ruled homeland.