As tens of thousands of Uighur families have been swept up in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s campaign to subdue the sometimes restive Xinjiang, there is evidence that the children of detainees and exiles are being placed into dozens of childcare facilities across the far west region.

In this Aug. 20, 2018, photo, Meripet, 29, holds on to a photograph of her children in Istanbul, Turkey. Meripet came to Turkey in February 2017 to visit her sick father, leaving four children behind, her oldest son Abdurahman, 8, daughter Adile, 6, son Muhemmed, 4, and son Abdulla, 3. While in Turkey, she heard Uighur passports were being seized and that people who had gone abroad were being taken to reeducation – so she stayed in Turkey, giving birth to Abduweli. She hasn’t seen her other four children since, and heard they were taken to a live-in kindergarten in Hotan, China. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
In this Aug. 21, 2018, photo, Meripet, 29, carries her son Abduweli, at a playground in Istanbul, Turkey. Meripet came to Turkey in February 2017 to visit her sick father, leaving four children behind. While in Turkey, she heard Uighur passports were being seized and that people who had gone abroad were being taken to reeducation – so she stayed in Turkey, giving birth to Abduweli. She hasn’t seen her other four children since, and heard they were taken to a live-in kindergarten in Hotan, China. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
In this Aug. 21, 2018, photo, Meripet, 29, holds on to a photograph of her children in Istanbul, Turkey. Meripet came to Turkey in February 2017 to visit her sick father, leaving four children behind. While in Turkey, she heard Uighur passports were being seized and that people who had gone abroad were being taken to reeducation – so she stayed in Turkey, giving birth to Abduweli. She hasn’t seen her other four children since, and heard they were taken to a live-in kindergarten in Hotan, China. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The measures, which experts say echo colonialist treatment of indigenous children in North America and Australia, come as around one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are held in internment camps that have alarmed a United Nations panel and the U.S. government.

In this Aug. 23, 2018, photo, Adil, 42, father to five children and a businessman from Kashgar, China, holds a phone showing an image of his family left behind in China while being interviewed by the Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey. He got stuck in Turkey during a business trip after hearing that the Chinese government was seizing passports, and hasn’t seen his children since. Three of his children were ordered to attend newly-built boarding schools in Kashgar and Turpan before he got stuck in Turkey. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
In this Aug. 24, 2018, photo, Abdurehim Imin, 42, father to 5 children and a poet and writer from Kashgar, China, works on an autobiography at his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He fled China in August 2013 and hasn’t seen his children since then. In October 2015, his wife was arrested after he sent his family a gift of olive oil. He later heard two of his children were killed after being hit by a police cruiser and one was sent to a boarding school. He does not know what happened to his other two children. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
In this Aug. 24, 2018, photo, Abdurehim Imin, 42, father to 5 children and a poet and writer from Kashgar, China, prays at a mosque near his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He fled China in August 2013 and hasn’t seen his children since then. In October 2015, his wife was arrested after he sent his family a gift of olive oil. He later heard two of his children were killed after being hit by a police cruiser and one was sent to a boarding school. He does not know what happened to his other two children. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

The Associated Press interviewed 14 Uighur families living in Turkey and one Kazakh man in Almaty with a total of 56 children who remain in China. The families believe that among these kids, 14 are in state-run orphanages or boarding schools.

Source: The Associated Press