Persecution Survivor in the U.S.: My Experience of Being Persecuted in a Forced Labor Camp
(Clearwisdom.net) In November, 2000, I was illegally sentenced to three years in a forced labor camp. I served the term and was persecuted in Sanshui Women's Forced Labor Camp in Guangdong Province. With the help of the U.S government, international organizations as well as Falun Gong practitioners, I regained my freedom on January 13, 2004 and went to the United States to be reunited with my family on September 11, 2004.
From September 30 to November 28, 2001, Mao Dan, a policeman who works at Sanshui Women's Forced Labor Camp ordered the leader as well as other persons from Class 308 to force me to wear the badge of the strictly controlled zone. If I refused to wear it, they would not allow me to leave the room to get my lunch. An elderly lady in the same room sympathized with me and gave me some cookies secretly. Some of the young university students who just began to learn Falun Dafa and were illegally arrested, brought my lunch several times but soon were stopped by the camp guards. The pressure became more and more severe, and as a result nobody dared to help me i the end. For about two months, they refused to let me eat. They said to me shamelessly, "It's up to you" which meant, "If you agree to wear the badge, you can eat, otherwiseâ€¦"
During these two months, I survived on a box of rice noodles which I had brought with me. With each package weighing about 1.5 oz., the total weight of the box was about 5 pounds. Gradually, I could only eat rice noodles once a day to make them last. In order to prepare the rice noodles (to put rice noodles in boiled water until they become very soft), I needed hot water. Warden He Chunling began to shout and said that I was lazy and never worked, but only enjoyed the result of other people's work. She would not allow me to use hot water and said that she would guard the hot water so that I could not touch it. Everyone in the room resented what she did. At that time someone in my room disclosed the secret that I used tap water to prepare rice noodles, and they were all shocked: rice noodles are different from instant noodles, as they are much harder and more difficult to make soft when soaked in the tap water.
Warden He Chunling is from Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province. Later, she became the leader and the most popular person of the No.2 Brigade. As a result, she did not need to go to the workshop, but just enjoyed life. She used the "hot and spicy soup" torture method on Chen Haixia, and cruelly tortured Lai Chunying. She played a main role in persecuting Du Yuhua, A Chong, Deng Mei and other practitioners. She ordered me to go to the workshop and used evil means to torture me. She did not allow me to get much rest. As a result I almost lost vision in both eyes. The wardens were also responsible for my persecution.
When I was in solitary confinement, I was monitored all day. During the years I was there, I heard that there were physical examinations. Sometimes, there were doctors sitting right in the lobby downstairs to measure blood pressure. There were many activities in the forced labor camps in China: a fire drill today, a physical examination tomorrow, etc. Once in 2003, almost all the Falun Gong practitioners were asked to have a physical examination, including a blood test, electrocardiogram, etc. At that time, it seemed to be very strange. It was unknown whether these were done to deal with overseas public opinion or to deceive the outside world or the Guangdong Province's attempt to show some "political achievements" to deceive the public, as well as other purposes. They also sent Falun Gong practitioners to secret places to be tortured. Later when these Dafa practitioners were brought back, they were seriously injured in both body and mind.
Sanshui Forced Labor Camp was very effective in isolating practitioners from each other. Sometimes I was not even aware of who was confined in the room next to mine for a very long time. In addition, the Dafa practitioners who were arrested in previous years had already been transferred to different brigades. Nobody knew their names. As for whether they were released after serving their terms, or if they were not released, and where they were sent often remained a mystery. Some of the practitioners from the countryside were arrested several years earlier and detained in other places. There was one practitioner that had no family visitors, and never received letters or packages. I heard there were more practitioners like her. However, I cannot remember her name. All I can remember now is that she was in the No. 4 Brigade. Only this information was given to me by other practitioners in 2001.
I sincerely hope that the international community helps us, and goes to China to investigate the persecution in the forced labor camps. I am ready to testify and tell what I went through. I also want to say that in China there are millions who are witnesses of the persecution because they were once persecuted. I really hope that the general public in China will help and cooperate in this investigation.
May 17, 2006-5-22