The Kyrgyz of Xinjiang

China is full of ancient and wonderful people groups each with their own unique history and culture, tucked away in the crooks and crannies of China’s vast geographical mashup. One of the most isolated of these people groups are the Kyrgyz people of Xinjiang.  There are about 145,000 Kyrgyz in China and the people group is about 4.5 million worldwide.  They are Sunni muslims who’s customs are of a distinct folk muslim variety.  They live in isolated mountain settlements that are often far from big cities and access to the Gospel.  This slideshow from NPR gives a unique look into the challenges this people group faces.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/10/18/162670203/what-big-highways-mean-for-chinas-small-villages

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About Scott Dunford

Vice President at ABWE.
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