Our second woman’s story is also shocking:
I was arrested in 1989 because of my membership in Generation 88. I was 5 months pregnant when I was imprisoned, and gave birth behind the prison walls. I was given no medical care before or during the birth of my son and because of the complications, I could not have any more children. When my son was 6 months old unrest in the prison was reaching critical levels. I feared for his safety and so I gave him to his aunty and uncle. When I was first detained, they would not give me any food for 12 days. I now have liver disease from the dirty water we were forced to drink, which gave us all diarrhea. Throughout my time in the prison, I was beaten regularly, for failing to complete various tasks. I remember receiving a beating for failing to catch 25 flies. One day, an agent of a human rights organization came to inspect the prison. The prison officials hid me along with all of the other political prisoners.
Photo credit: Hseng Noung Lintner