Stop Uyghur Genocide (SUG) are collecting the stories of Uyghurs based in the UK. Through this project, we aim to demonstrate the diverse and varied experiences of Uyghurs and other Turkic people living in the UK. Every testimony is a crucial piece of evidence of the Chinese government’s crimes, but also forms part of the patchwork of the British Uyghur experience.

Hemragul’s Story

Hemragul is an Uyghur woman living in London with her family. She left her homeland in 2006, and faced a difficult and complex journey out of China when she was only 19. Now Hemragul is an active member of the Uyghur community, regularly joining protests and teaching at the Uyghur school in London. Her story speaks to the collective loss the Uyghur community have experienced, as well as the strength and resilience they continue to exhibit.

You can read about her upbringing in the Uyghur region, her experience of fleeing the Chinese government’s persecution, and her life in the UK here.