The posters on the wall alongside the Qingdao Taekwang Shoes Co. factory — the side where the Uighur workers enter and exit, and live in dorms — feature Communist Party propaganda extolling “China dream” and “Uphold national spirit to unite and make all of China strong.” Another says: “All ethnicities are united as one family.” (Anna Fifield/The Washington Post)
March 10, 2020 at 12:04 a.m. GMT+3
As a Uighur American, it affects me personally. My family has been trying to track down our relatives for the past three years. We can name 93 relatives with whom we have lost contact. We do not know how many are alive or dead. It hurts me deeply to think that Nike shoes might have been made by my own relatives, forced to work in one of these factories.
We must continue to expose these corporations, and the corporations must stop sourcing from forced labor camps. Let China know we are aware and will be taking action. Uighurs will be thankful — those here in the United States and those free of being modern-day slaves.
The writer is outreach manager for the
Save Uighur Campaign.