Dear friends and supporters,
The Xinjiang Victims Database
, based at shahit.biz
, is a platform
designed to collect and store testimonies
from friends/relatives of people currently detained
in Xinjiang's present reality
, whether that means confiscated documents, house arrest, concentration camp, police custody, prison, or separation from parents. The photo above is of the Kashgar night market from April 2018 - largely empty because a lot of the vendors were just "gone" (in this particular case, I know 1-2 of the vendors who were "taken").
We are fundraising to pay the part-time salaries of our paid staff (currently 2-3 people)
, who are taking testimonies from publicly available sources - social media, dedicated Youtube channels, NGO/media reports, etc. - and importing them into the database in text format daily. There are currently multiple teams
working in parallel on importing Kazakh-language testimonies, Uyghur-language testimonies, and testimonies with English subtitles/translations. Additionally, we now operate as a "watchdog group
", where we focus on victims whose situation is particularly dire/important and do our best to get the latest information on their status (sometimes through contacts outside China, sometimes by calling offices/individuals in China).
Gene A. Bunin
About the organizer (per GoFundMe's request):
Gene A. Bunin is an independent scholar who has spent ~5 years in Xinjiang, where he had researched the Uyghur language. After leaving China in May 2018 because of the worsening political climate, he temporarily settled in Almaty, Kazakhstan, getting involved in activism aimed at exposing the current human rights catastrophe in Xinjiang. Based in Central Asia, he is now continuing his work remotely, and focusing on the development, populating, management, and promotion of the Xinjiang Victims Database.
As the "manager" of the database, he is directly responsible for organizing the import teams that fill up much of the database's content, and interacts with them directly on a daily basis - taking the funds raised here and sending them as salary, via Paypal or bank transfer, to the individuals doing the import work.