A student raises his hand in class at a Uygur school in Istanbul. Photo: Helene Franchineau

Muslim Uygur children taught the ‘forbidden language’, far from their restive homeland in China’s Xinjiang

  • Several Uygur language centres have opened in Istanbul, home to a community of Muslim Uygurs who have fled China
  • Parents say they want to preserve their children’s Uygur identity as they grow up in a foreign country
Topic |   Xinjiang

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A student raises his hand in class at a Uygur school in Istanbul. Photo: Helene Franchineau
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Helene Franchineau

Helene Franchineau

I am a multimedia journalist covering Turkey, the Middle East and China's presence in the region. After several years in mainland China and Hong Kong, I am now based in Istanbul. Originally from France, I graduated from Columbia University Grad School of Journalism in New York.