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Beijing lets 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs quit China

GLOBAL PUSHBACK?Although Kazakhs have started to hear that relatives in Xinjiang have been released from the camps, most of their relatives remain unable to leave China

AP, ALMATY, Kazakhstan

She said she broke down in tears after a Kazakh official called to say that she might be able to return.

“I thought I’d never be able to go back to Kazakhstan again, that I wouldn’t able to see my kids again,” she said. “I had lost all hope.”

Chinese-born Kazakhs in Kazakhstan have in the past few months started to hear that their relatives in Xinjiang were being released from the camps. Their joy has turned to anxiety as most of the relatives remain in Xinjiang under unclear circumstances, unable to leave for Kazakhstan.

“I want to find a way to bring my entire family over to Kazakhstan,” said Adilgazy Yergazy, who heard that one of his younger brothers had been released on Dec. 24, but has not been able to leave China. “They’re all very scared.”

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