Urumqi After the Violence (88 images)

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Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, was the scene of brutal ethnic violence in summer 2009. The city is divided between two prevailing ethnic groups, the Uighurs and the Hans. The Uighurs are a Muslim ethnicity of Turkic origin, long nomadic and, throughout their history, often at war with the dynasties and governments ruling China. The region is the Uighurs spiritual and historical homeland. The Hans, China's ruling class, have come to the area as part of a...
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