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Wellness Resources and Reflections

August 17, 2022

While the Chinese government condemns the West's racism, it is forcing Uyghur and Tibetan children to attend residential "boarding schools."

July 31, 2022

Children learn values and emotions like love, happiness, trust, compassion, and sharing primarily in their families. Their identity and character building begins to form. Sadly, because of the genocidal CCP policies, Uyghur children in East Turkistan are being forced to live and grow without these principles.

May 12, 2022

This podcast explores the story of Aséna Tahir Izgil, a Uyghur teen adjusting to life in the U.S. after escaping China’s genocide of her people.

January 10, 2022

To raise awareness about the current situation and to garner more international support to end this genocide, Leila created this book. Although this story is fiction, it is
based on real events and the characters reflect this reality.

July 19, 2021

This year is the fourth Aidiladha since my entire family disappeared into Chinese prisons. I last heard from my family during Ramadan four years ago, in June 2017. I spoke to my father many times during that holy month.

May 19, 2021

On April 27, 2021, UWI hosted "A Ramadan Celebration of Uyghur Culture and Cuisine," to highlight the power of cuisine in sustaining family and community togetherness in the midst of crisis. With Gulbahar Mamut, Angela, Dr. Gulnisa Nazarova, and Bill Clark.

May 17, 2021

«ھايات قالغانلارنىڭ گۇناھكارلىق تۇيغۇسى» دىن مۇھاجىرەتتىكى ئۇيغۇرلانىڭ روھىي ھالىتىگە نەزەر

Topline Takeaways: Understanding the Burden of Survivor’s Guilt

May 6, 2021

Many Uyghurs are experiencing survivor’s guilt, but this topic is not usually 
addressed. It's empowering to realize that what we feel is normal. It has a name. UWI's event featured remarks by Dr. Adrian Zens, Dr. Nechama Liss-Levinson, Dr. Lauren Rubenstein and moderator Mustafa Aksu.

May 6, 2021

Watch the UWI video about the emotional distress of Uyghurs in the diaspora when they think about family members in the Uyghur homeland. Moderated by Mustafa Aksu with scholar Dr. Adrian Zenz and professional counselors Dr. Nechama Liss-Levinson, Dr. Lauren Rubenstein.

March 22, 2021

An article by Gulchehra Hoja. Parents and experts say the impact of detentions will last for generations to come.

July 16, 2020

Professor Boss discusses the concept of ambiguous loss, the complicated and painful situation of people who are missing loved ones, and who are living with chronic grief. She says: "It is the most difficult, most stressful loss there is. But it is not your fault."

May 28, 2020

My friend Hamid suffered more than 2 years in prison cell in Tehran. When I read this essay, I was deeply moved by his reflections on separation and loneliness, and how he "anchored" himself to his family, the past, and the future, even in solitary confinement. — Dr. Elise Anderson

April 28, 2020

Abdulhakim Idris is a human rights activist and the husband of the well-known advocate for Uyghurs’ rights, Rushan Abbas. He does not know where his mother is.

September 1, 2021

Infosheet explaining vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout for those supporting human rights defenders. Burnout can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion and may include numbness, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness.

January 20, 2023

Psychological first aid is an evidence-based approach for assisting people of any age or background in the immediate aftermath of traumatic events. It can reduce initial distress, foster short- and long-term coping behaviours, and reduce the occurrence of PTSD.

October 10, 2022

This holistic security protocol provides steps to improve our well-being and strengthen our resistance to traumatic events. By following the Protocol, we enhance our individual and collective security and reduce the burden of attacks, harassment, and censorship on our communities and us.

Uyghur Jemiyiti

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