Who The Uyghurs Are And Why We Should Care

Gary Baumgarten
4 min readMar 9, 2021

I have to admit that before I first interviewed Salih Hudayar, I really didn’t know who the Uyghurs were. Nor for that matter, could I pronounce Uyghurs (most Americans come close by saying “We-gurs”).

Nor was I well informed about East Turkistan.

But as I researched the issue and began talking with Hudayar on a fairly regular basis, an image of atrocities began to…