时隔半年，CGTN再次重磅推出第三部反恐纪录片《巍巍天山——中国新疆反恐记忆Tianshan: Still Standing》。
Between 1990 and 2016, thousands of terrorist attacks plagued the vast land of Xinjiang. Large numbers of innocent lives were lost in horrific stabbings, shootings and bombings. For survivors, the psychological toll could rival that of physical casualties.
Those on the frontlines constantly face the threat of death. As police deal with terrorists who use weapons ranging from homemade bombs to AK-47s, they have lost many colleagues in the line of battle.
Dilqemer Tursun, both a witness and survivor of the bomb attacks in Luntai County of September 2014, is helping people as a rehabilitation therapist. At 21 years old, she lost her leg to an explosion at the time while shopping with her family. "I heard my nephew crying and my mom yelling for help. Then I found myself gazing at my severed leg," she recalled. For months after that, she couldn't sleep, besieged by nightmares.
For her, there's an intertwined feeling of hate and forgiveness for the terrorist. "They must have been brainwashed by the violent videos. I think they are also victims."
She lives on with the trauma. She wants to get a driver's license and buy a car, and her greatest dream is to buy a bigger house for the whole family.
"Some wounds even time can't heal," Xia Yeling, an Urumqi-based psychologist said. For the past decade, she has been treating hundreds of patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the July 5 riots in 2009 in the capital city of China's Xinjiang. The hours-long killing sprees that resulted in 197 deaths and over 1,700 injures has plunged the city into shock and panic, and etched indelible scars in the hearts of survivors and witnesses.
Traumas inflicted by humans are harder to heal than those from natural disasters, according to Xia, because trust between people has deteriorated in the midst of blood-curdling violence.
When symptoms of trauma don't go away, people have no alternative but to move on. For Mirexmetjan Rozi, a survivor of the Id Kah Mosque assassination on July 30, 2014, he has never returned to the mosque seated in the city center of Kashgar. On that day, three terrorists appeared, pushed him away and hacked away at Imam Jume Tayir's neck and head. He failed to save Jume Tayir after he was stabbed in the thigh and has been grieving ever since. " Just thinking about it makes me break out in a cold sweat and want to cry."
Due to the chaos in the region, simply being a police officer made one a target. The daughter of Xudaberdi Toxti saw terrorists hack her father, a policeman, to death one night, then they killed her brother when he tried to save their father. Peridem said she still feels uneasy when she sees people wearing red since it reminds her of the blood she saw then.
The aim of our documentary is to shine a light on the violence that wracks the far-western region of China, as well as remember the individuals that have lost their lives as well as survivors in the continuing struggle against the dangerous ideologies that fuel such death and despair.