Uyghur separatist forces have led violent attacks regularly in China since 2009, breeding distrust between various Chinese ethnic groups and the Uyghur Muslim minority. R&F Soccer School in Meizhou, the southeast coastal region of China, offers a select number of full-tuition scholarships to Uyghur children between 6 and 13 years old, who travel more than 5,000 kilometers from their home province to live, play and build relationships with young Han Chinese athletes.
Yuyang Liu was born in Sichuan in 1991 and graduated with a degree in history from East China Normal University. He is currently based in Beijing. His work has been published on TIME, The New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, The Paper and Tencent News, among others.