Story of Persecution in China
June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution
Alimjan Yimit is a Uyghur Christian from Xinjiang who was the leader of a house church in Kashgar. The Chinese government initially accused him of separatism and illegal religious infiltration, but these charges were later changed to “collecting and selling intelligence for overseas organisations”. One of Alimjan’s lawyers confirmed that “religion lies at the heart of this case.” On 27 October 2009 Alimjan was sentenced to 15 years in an Urumqi jail.
In November 2010 Alimjan’s case was reviewed by the People’s High Court of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Urumqi. On 6 March 2011 the court upheld the original verdict of 15 years imprisonment. Alimjan is serving his sentence in prison in Urumqi.
According to reports Alimjan is doing reasonably well in prison. He has a good reputation with other inmates and the authorities. He has been put to work in the textile department and is weaving sweaters. Physically it is not an extremely demanding job. He sends his greetings to all friends and unknown supporters all around the world!
Alimjan’s mother, his wife and children are allowed to visit. The visits usually take place through the window, except on occasional holidays. Gülnur needs much strength and courage to face the daily challenges of bringing up the two sons on her own. Pray for joy and strength for her and for God’s grace to uphold her.
Alimjan’s mother is a very brave woman in her 70s and she courageously fights for justice for her son. In spite of opposition and disappointments she continues to visit many offices and departments asking officials to review his case.