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My Experiences in a Detention Center

June 29, 2016 |   By a practitioner from Hebei Province

(Minghui.org) I was arrested for practicing Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) in 2010 and was held at the local county detention center for 15 days. Just as I arrived, some inmates in my ward were crying because they missed their families and children. Some were angry because they believed that they had been treated unfairly. They felt they had lost face and hope for the future.

I started to look after them and tried to comfort them. They gradually calmed down. “You look quite relaxed,” one inmate said to me. “Don't you miss your family and children?”

“I have the greatest Master in the world. I've gained a healthy body from practicing Falun Dafa and know the true meaning of life. Some practitioners around the world have called the detention center to rescue me. Didn't the director of the detention center mention he received phone calls before I even arrived?”

They all stared at me. “You are so lucky,” one said. “We are here because we fought with others and did bad things. It's not fair for you to be here just for your belief.”

Ms. Xia Changes

Ms. Xia was held at the detention center because it was her third time appealing to the local government for Falun Gong. When I got there, she did not eat, drink, or even move. No one knew if she was still alive. She feared that she would be sent to a labor camp, and she missed her twin sons very much.

I washed her face and feet and fed her. Other inmates couldn't believe that I was willing to do that.

Inmates had looked down upon Ms. Xia before I arrived. After seeing my example, other inmates started to look after her as well. In the end, Ms. Xia had hope once more and she said to me with tears in her eyes, “I will remember you forever.”

Ms. He Starts Practicing Falun Gong

Ms. He had allergic skin reactions. I helped her quit the Chinese Communist Party and told her to recite, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”

She looked at me skeptically and asked, “Does it work?” I encouraged her to try it.

Before going to bed that evening, she shouted with joy, “It's amazing! My skin does not itch anymore.”

I told the inmates stories about doing good being rewarded and doing bad things being punished. I also sang Dafa songs to them. Ms. He later opened her heart and told me about herself.

She had gone through many tribulations in her life. She was married four times. People laughed at her and she was often insulted. If she didn’t have a child, she would have committed suicide already. I encouraged her to be brave, to live on, and to look forward.

One day, a guard asked Ms. He to pack her things and prepare to leave. She was surprised but not excited. “I still have four days left,” she said to the guard. “Why are you letting me go earlier?”

“Your husband paid for you to leave earlier. Come on, hurry up,” the guard said.

“I don't want to go,” she said and then pointed at me. “I want to stay with her.”

“Don't be silly. You cried and said you missed your child. Who would want to stay here?” the guard said.

She held on to me and started to cry. A while later the guard came back, but she still insisted on staying. The guard said to me, “Can you persuade her? Lots of people are waiting for her outside.”

I managed to persuade her to leave, but she insisted that I go with her to the reception area. The guard agreed to it.

There were lots of people in the reception area, including the director and guards of the detention center, police officers from her local police station, and members of her family.

She said to her husband loudly as she entered the room, “This person practices Falun Gong. She is the best person in the world.” Then she shouted, “Falun Dafa is good!”

One of the officers repeated her words: “Falun Dafa is good.”

The director then said to me: “There is a reason you came here. They all believe in Falun Gong now. If you stay here two more days, they will all practice with you.”

I called Ms. He after I was released. She was very happy to hear from me. She told me that she can now endure it when people bully her, as she has started to practice Falun Gong.