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Under the Mulberry Tree: Uyghurs evoke memory via poetry

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Do you remember the smell of your grandmother’s home, And the gentle whispers of your grandfather’s prayers? Do you remember the love that rooted itself in you, there? Do you remember the reason you pour kindness into the world? Do you remember that you are your grandmother’s home? Twenty something Aykezar Adil who wrote these lines, can barely remember the Uyghur homeland or her grandmother’s face. Now living in the USA, she fled when she was five with her parents who were escaping Chinese government persecution, and in common with most of her compatriots, all links with their families have n…

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