Dihan (It is Hard to be a Farmer)
Xinjiang, China 2008
The Uyghur’s are a tribal Turk, whose cultural roots belong more to Central Asia and the
Middle East, than China.
Under Chinese rule much of Xinjiang has changed, leading to larger industrial cities, and the erosion of traditional life.
In protest to Chinese rule many poets and musicians have been imprisoned or executed in the last 50 years. This
has lead to much of the folk music and culture becoming subversive and politicised.
The poem was chosen and translated with the help of the Uk Uyghur Council.