China Aid Association
My mother-in-law’s name is Shuang Shuying and she is now 77. She was born into a Manchurian family. In her childhood, she was the favorite of her father and spent a happy childhood and adolescent years with her younger brothers and sisters. When Peking (now Beijing) fell to the Communists in 1949, disasters also fell to the family of my mother-in-law. Shuang Deli, the father of my mother-in-law, was arrested by the Chinese Communists on the charge of being a counter-revolutionary. Their house was searched. One day in late 1950, the father of my mother-in-law was executed in Xiao Hongmen Township in Chaoyang District of Beijing. My mother-in-law still remembers that day very well. Before my mother-in-law’s father was executed, all her family members were hauled to the site of the execution by the police soldiers where they witnessed with their own eyes the whole process their father’s execution. The cruelest thing about this is the family had to pay for the bullets before they could take back the body to be buried. After the father died, the family fell into extreme poverty. My mother-in-law and her younger brothers, sisters, and her mother had to make a living by begging for food. In the meantime, they had to endure discrimination by the people around them. To reduce the economic burden of the family, my mother-in-law married my father-in-law Hua Zaichen through a matchmaker. After the marriage, she gave birth to a boy and a girl. Though the family was not well-off, everybody was enjoying life. However, the good time didn’t last long. In 1957, my father-in-law Hua Zaichen was sentenced to “reformation through labor” by the Communist police on the charge of being a counter-revolutionary. Once he left, he didn’t come back for 20 long years during which my mother-in-law lived in hardship and poverty with the children and my old and sick mother-in-law.
While labeled as the family members of a counterrevolutionary, my mother-in-law worked in a factory for textile equipment during the Cultural Revolution. The work unit where my mother-in-law belonged tried to force her to confess the so-called “counter-revolutionary crimes” and to divorce Hua Zaichen who was at a labor camp. When my mother-in-law refused to do so, she was detained at the work unit where they took off her clothes and bound her on a pole and beat her.
They also forced my mother-in-law to kneel on an angle iron. In the meantime, the young children in the family suffered discrimination and pressure from the teachers and schoolmates, often bullied by the people around them. One thing that makes my husband feel painful even today is when he had a minor conflict with the son of the director of our neighborhood committee. The director reported this incident to a policeman named Jia. This Jia then took my husband to the neighborhood committee where he bound my husband with a thin iron wire. The thin iron wire cut into the thin arms of my husband. The policeman placed my husband under the chair and then sat on it. About 20 minutes later, my husband’s arms were swollen and internal bleeding could be seen. After he came back home, my mother-in-law wiped my husband’s arms with a towel in tears and said: “It is us who have brought you children so much misery.” From then on, my mother-in-law began to think about giving Hua Huiqi to somebody so that he could live a happy life like other children. Yet, Hua Huiqi would never want to leave his loved ones. After my father-in-law came out of the labor camp, my husband and his brothers and sisters had grown up in this nightmarish environment. In 1990, Hua Huiqi accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. After that, as Gangwashi Church replaced Pastor Yang Yudong, the police often stalked him and beat him. As my mother-in-law feared for his safety, she began to go together with him to Gangwashi Church for gatherings. Gradually, my mother-in-law also got to know Jesus and accepted Him as her savior. In mid 1992, my mother-in-law was baptized in the church. From then on, my husband’s house became a home receiving brothers and sisters from all over the country. Though his house was under constant surveillance by the police who terrorized him, my mother-in-law always received with enthusiasm brothers and sisters each time they came. In 2001, my father-in-law Hua Zaichen and my mother-in-law Shuang Shuying who had suffered so much from the evil practice of “re-education through labor” appealed for abolishing reformation through labor by staging a protest in Tiananmen Square. After Beijing succeeded in applying for hosting the Olympic Games, the Chinese Communist authorities demolished by force our house as an unstable political factor under the slogan of “New Beijing, New Olympics.” Our whole family was escorted out of the urban area and locked up in a courtyard called “Family Guan’s Pit.” The police put us under 24-hour surveillance. Sometimes, we were beaten by the police. When brothers and sisters all over the world prayed for us and with the attention of all the people who care for us, we were escorted by force to a place outside the city where we have been living since. Some brothers and sisters and people with grievances often came to my house. As a result, we were detained, locked up and beaten by the police numerous times. They smashed our windows and when we were not at home, they broke in and robbed and stole the properties of my family. On January 26, 2007, my husband was sentenced to imprisonment on the conviction of “Interference with the Exercise of Public Functions.” When my mother-in-law tried to win justice from the government in a hurry, she fell into a secret plot by the police and was sentenced to two years in prison. She is currently detained in a women’s prison. When my family and I visited her in the prison, my mother-in-law was in an extremely poor health. Her hands were trembling and she looked very pale. Just a few hours of sleep a day has seriously damaged the health of my mother-in-law. She used to weigh 110 jin (121 lbs). Now she weighs only about 80 jin (88 lbs). The jeers and verbal abuses she gets from fellow inmates and the police’s terror and psychological pressure have made the old lady all the more miserable. In the meantime, my imprisoned husband was threatened and terrorized by the police in charge of religious affairs. They tried to force him to cooperate with them and did not allow him to receive brothers, sisters and people with grievances. They told him: “If you don’t do what we tell me to do, you may never see your mother again.
You should always remember your mother is in our hands. All it takes to release your mother is a word from the director of our bureau.” After my husband came out, the policemen again came to my house and told my husband: “Some leaders just use your mother as a hostage.” I felt very bad after I heard this. I appeal to the brothers and sisters the world over to pray for my mother-in-law and beg our Lord to protect her health as she has serious diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts and neuralgia in peripheral nerves. In the meantime, please also beg God to move the heart of the government so that they can release my mother-in-law and let her come back home and reunite with her family. I also ask our brothers and sisters within the Lord to pray for the Chinese police and government and pray for the detained prisoners. We sincerely hope God will bless them all.
Member within the Lord: Wei Jumei
August 13, 2007
Press release Issued by CAA on August 17, 2007
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