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China Sends 100 Christians to Re-Education Camp
More than 100 Christians have been sent to “re-education” camps known as “study centres” or “mind-transformation centres”, where they are taught how to be loyal to the communist ideology.
A source told World Watch Monitor that members of his church were sent to such a camp without knowing when they would come back. Some stayed there for a month, others for half a year or even longer, the source said. Christian families were torn apart as one or both parents were taken for “re-education”.
One woman, married to a leader of a community with many Christians from a Muslim background, told World Watch Monitor: “I don’t know where my husband is right now, but I believe that God still uses him in prisons or camps. Sometimes I am worried that he doesn’t have enough clothes to keep warm in the prison.”
“I am afraid it will affect my children too,” said another woman whose husband has been taken for re-education and who now supports other women in her situation. “The teacher in the school is paying special attention to my children after the authorities told the school about my husband,” she added.
The city of Xinjiang is where Christians were arrested and detained at re-education centers. Xinjiang is now the world’s most intensely surveilled area, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
“There are armoured cars on the street, police stations on every corner and tons of surveillance cameras,” WSJ reported.
To live in this region means being checked many times every day, whether in the market, on the road, entering the cinema, or travelling by train or bus.
“Even your smartphone is checked,” WSJ reported.
Government-registered churches are also required to scan people when they come to Sunday services. As they enter, they have to show their ID cards and an alarm will be sounded if anyone works for the government or a public institution. It is for this reason that many Christians have stopped going to registered churches and now meet in smaller groups.
“I feel like I live in a big prison,” World Watch Monitor’s source said.
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China: 100 Christians sent to ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang