'We learned he'd died through a Facebook post'

A Uighur family living in Canada remembers their grandfather detained in China
The authorities in China are thought to be holding more than a million Muslims in China’s Western region of Xinjiang. The BBC was invited to one of these training schools, as China calls them, which closely resemble prisons. Now, a prominent Uighur writer has died after being held in one such internment camp.  

Nurmuhammad Tohti's family say the 70-year-old was denied his diabetes and heart medication while detained, and was incapacitated by the time of his release in March this year. Newsday spoke to his grandson, Babur Ilchi who is in Alberta, Canada.

(Pic: the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region; Credit: Reuters)

What Is Uighur Food?

The little-known food of a persecuted people and a couple's plan to promote it
Uighur food is loved in China, but the people who make it are viewed with great suspicion. The Muslim minority in China's western Xinjiang region has come under intense surveillance by the Chinese authorities. Human rights groups say they are the victims of discrimination, violence, and illegal detention, claims the Chinese government strongly denies.

For many Uighurs living outside of China, keeping their food traditions alive provides a crucial link to their homeland and the relatives and friends they left behind. Mukaddes Yadikar and her husband Ablikim Rahman set up a Uighur restaurant in London and tell Emily Thomas their plans for increasing their food's appeal.

(Picture: A selection of typical Uighur foods. Credit: BBC)