Poetic Justice Project: Dear Chinese Embassy

In January 2020, The Strangers Poets began a campaign of awareness about what is happening with the Uyghur Muslims in China.

We wrote an open letter to the Chinese Embassy. This letter was compiled from the works of poets from around the world who demanded that China closes the camps.

Why is this important?

In July 2019, the UN Human rights council wrote a letter that condemned the atrocities of China against the Uyghur Muslims. 22 countries signed it and not one was a Muslim country,

Muslim countries have remained silent and have even praised China’s treatment of its Muslims

The NY Times

How can we help?

1. Word to power
2. Support
3. Spread the message

1. Word To Power

  • Write a letter to your local politicians and organizations to speak against what is happening. An example letter from amnesty international is here
  • Sign petitions: there are so many! Type in google ‘Uyghur petitions’ or go to change.org to find more petitions.  Every number counts so Sign, sign, sign!!!! You can start with this one which is to stand up for Muslims in China. Here is another one that tells China to respect Uyghur rights before hosting the Olympics in 2022. Every voice counts. Your voice counts.

2. Support

  • Support refugees: No actual aid is able to enter the camps, however, you can donate to Refugees who are fleeing the camps to places such as Turkey and so on. Just type in ‘Uyghur’ Launchgood and a bunch of sites will come up.
  • Support campaigns: See how you can support groups campaigning for the cause such as and world Save Uighur and Uyghur congress.

3. Spread the message

  • Online: Us your social media to share anything that you see which brings awareness to the cause
  • Grassroots: Get your people on board. Approach politicians, Imams, and anyone you think is influential, and think of ways you can unite to help the cause.

It is easy to feel like there is very little we can do to defend our Muslim brothers and sisters in China but there are things we can do. They may seem small, especially in the face of such a grand scale of systematic oppression, but it is something. When we stand in front of God on the day of Judgement, we can say we tried.

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”