“Overwhelmed by locals and tourists alike pointing and whispering, the four men shaved their beards, cut their hair, got government-appointed jobs and private housing and began attending two local mosques,” the NY Post reported.
“Three of the four — Mamut, 34, Abdullah Abdulqadir, 33, and Salahidin Abdulahad, 35 — agreed to meet with The Post on the condition that they not be photographed and that many identifying details be omitted.”
The NY Post also said that the “United States made a one-time payment to the Bermudian government to relocate the Uighurs, and though the State Department will not name the figure, an official says that it was far less than the $3 million reported.”
All are now married and three of the four have babies, with the NY Post reporting that they all met their wives through online matchmaking as “they wanted to marry Muslim women from the East, women who shared the same culture, and this was priority No. 1 upon their release. The Uighurs say that the US and Bermudian governments helped get their wives into the country, but won’t say how…”
Read the full article here on the NY Post.
Update: The NY Post’s statement the US paid a fee for relocation is not a new revelation. We asked about it in 2010, and the [Bermuda] Government confirmed the US agreed to pay for relocation expenses up to $100k per man. The full statement we were issued about the matter in 2010 is below.
The Government of Bermuda was neither offered nor received any money in exchange for taking on the Uighurs from the United States.
The US did however agree to pay for relocation expenses up to $100k per man.
The decision to take on the Uighurs was done purely as a humanitarian gesture in recognition of the long history and special relationship that the people of Bermuda shares with the American people.
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