Unlike any other place in China, I could find absolutely nobody in Kashgar who could speak any English at all. Finally, I went to the English Department of the University of Kashgar. I found just one English Professor there who could speak English. His name was Ablimet Baqi. He became my unofficial tour guide. I took this and many other pictures of him. When I returned to America, I wrote letters to him care of the University of Kashgar. He never answered.
"The Uyghur School in Kashgar Is Shut Down by the Chinese Authorities.
"On November 12 at 7:00 AM, a Chinese police squad burst into the Languages Institute in Kashgar and requested from teachers and students to leave the building. The policemen were very rude both to children and adults. The police squad had a camera man who was shooting everything on video tape, especially those who were most reluctant and indignant. Apparently, the authorities planned to use the video recordings later as material evidence against some people in the Institute in possible criminal trials with charges of obstruction to the authorities. This was a tool to intimidate the teachers and students.
"The Institute is still shut down by the authorities and more than one thousand students, mostly children, are deprived of their rights to attend the school, and the teachers are not allowed to resume their work.
"The Languages Institute was established in Kashgar in 1986 by an initiative of Mr. Ablimet Damollah, who held a position of a director of the Institute until the authorities shut the school down. The local Uyghur people respect Mr. Ablimet for his excellent teaching abilities, overall high intelligence level and knowledge of several foreign languages.
"The school was sponsored by several Uyghur businessmen and had no state funding. It had more than 20 classes (groups) and was educating children and young people in specialties of interpreting (overall six languages) and medical nurses. The institute had a medical clinic and a dormitory.
"The students at the Institute are of ages from 12 to 22, 80% of all students are female. All students are the Uyghurs from Kashgar, Khotan, and many villages and towns around those cities. All teachers of the school are the Uyghurs, as well."
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For more about the tomb where this photo was taken, see: Tomb of Apak Hoja. For a tomb in the tomb where this photo was taken, see: Tomb of the Famous Princess.