My name is Jia Jianying. My husband He Depu was taken away by the Beijing police on the night of the 4th of November 2002. He was taken because he tried to participate in local elections for the People’s Congress, because he frequently published articles on the internet, and because he often helped his Christian bretheren. The Chinese government him of ‘trying to overthrow the state’, and sent him to prison for eight years. He is now held in Beijing No.2 Prison.
In prison husband has been beaten twice while in prison, and his left ear was so badly hurt that he is now deaf on that side. In order to break his will, my husband was subjected by the government to 85 straight days of torture. During the 85 days, he was tied to a wooden board and his hands and feet were held down by four policemen. He was not able to move. If he moved at all, he was beaten by the police. In the freezing winter (between November and February) they only permitted him to wear a pair of underpants. His weight dropped from 80kg to 60kg. In 2005 the United Nations special raporteur on torture, Manfred Novak, went to the prison to investigate this affair.
Because of my husband’s imprisonment, our only son has also suffered. On the 4th of November 2002, when police broke into our home and handcuffed my husband, they did so in font of our son. For the next six months, he did not speak, and just sat in silence. The police went to his school. His teacher told me that He Jia (our son) did not speak in class, but sat there silently. He did not interact with his classmates at all, and his grades fell.
Because I have continuously called for the government to release my husband, the police have put a sentry box at the door to our house. Policemen and police cars stand guard outside our house for about one third of the year. During this year’s Spring Festival (a time of family reunion) the police watched my house 24 hours a day. The police told me our friends were not permitted to come and visit me and my family.
For several years, our neighbours have been too frightened to have any contact with us. No children dare have any contact with my son, and he remains lonely, at home by himself. I am very worried that if my son continues to live like this, he could be harmed psychologically, and may not be able to live a healthy life. As a mother, seeing my child suffer because of what his parents have done, I feel extremely anxious and very sad. But there is nothing to be done.
In my days of suffering, I have met with brothers and sisters who have helped me to know Our Father. They have given me warmth, and help. Thank the Lord!
As a mother, I hope that my son will also receive God’s help, and will do the Lord’s work. I hope that you can help me, and help send my son to a seminary, where he will be able to study in a peaceful environment, not live his life in terror, and be happy like other children, with friends and the right to live a normal life.
This is the greatest wish of a mother. Please help this wife of a political prisoner.
He Depu’s wife – Jia Jianying