In Transit

A Uyghur Restaurant in D.C. Weathers the Pandemic

Why Dolan Uyghur opted to stay open amid the lockdown

Uyghur cuisine served on an overlay of a map of the region.
Illustrations: Bea Hayward

He couldn’t say goodbye to his friends, his relatives, not even his own mother. All he could do was buy a plane ticket and leave.

In recent years, an estimated 1 million of those Uyghurs have been subject to mass detention in re-education camps.

Samsa and naan, both featured in Uyghur cuisine.

‘After I received that help, I began to feel more confident for the future,’ Abdukeyum said.

Abdukeyum sees his mission as ambassadorial.

Mayukh Sen is a writer in New York. He has won James Beard and IACP Awards for his work. His first book will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in Fall 2021.

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