BEIJING – Shuang Shuying, 79, was released today from prison and went immediately to see her dying husband, Hua Zaichen, 91, in the hospital. She sent an open letter to ChinaAid revealing how she was tortured in prison and thanking those around the world for their prayers and support (Read below.).
Since ChinaAid sent a press release on February 6, Beijing Dainli Hospital received numerous calls, faxes and press requests from around the world, and hospital authorities have allowed Hua Zaichen to stay in the hospital. Hua Zaichen has been banned from seeing any visitors except direct family members and 7-8 military police now are guarding the entrance of the hospital. The Hua family’s home is being monitored closely by PSB officers and Shuang Shuying’s son, Pastor Hua Huiqi, and his wife are being followed wherever they go.
Shuang Shuying suffered two years in prison on fabricated charges, and was ill most of the time and tortured by officials. Hua Zaichen and Shuang Shuying are house church Christians who have been persecuted for years by the Chinese government, because of their family’s work in caring for the poor and oppressed and allowing persecuted Christians to stay in their home.
Shuang Shuying wrote “A Letter of Thanks to All the Brothers and Sisters All Over the World” on February 8:
I am Shuang Shuying, 79 years old. Two years ago, my son Hua Huiqi was put in jail by the Chinese police. In order to force my son to compromise his faith and betray brothers and sisters, I was sentenced to two years in prison as a hostage by the Public Security Bureau. During my imprisonment, the PSBs of Beijing went to my prison interrogating, threatening and harassing me numerous times. They even directed other prisoners to take off all of my clothes and forced me stand alone outside in the evening without letting me sleep. Seven prisoners kept watching me in turn. I was not allowed to move even when the mosquitoes bit me or I would be slapped on my face and poked on the veins on my hands. I still had wounds that were unhealed on my hands. The PSB officers even forced me to drink my own urine. They threatened me not to tell anyone about the tortures I experienced. During these terrible circumstances, I prayed without ceasing. I asked God to give me strength. Every time when my son came to visit me and shared with me that brothers and sisters from all over the world had been praying for me, I felt greatly strengthened and empowered which has enabled me to continue to live. When I was released from jail this morning (February 8), I went to visit my hospitalized old companion (husband) who is not even able to recognize me anymore because of losing consciousness. So I sincerely plead to brothers and sisters all over the world to continue to pray for me and my husband. At the same time, I want to thank each one of you for your continuous prayers, care and support for my husband, Hua Zaichen, and me.
A branch of the Body of Christ,
Contact Beijing Dianli Hospital and urge hospital authorities and PSB officials to immediately cease their harassment of Hua Zaichen and Shuang Shuying.
Beijing Dianli Hospital (also called Beijing Electric Power Hospital)
Att: Dr. Lin Fangcai, President of Beijing Dianli Hospital
Jia Yi Hao (A-1)
Taipingqiao Xili, Fengtai District
Zip code: 100073
Contact the Chinese Ambassador and let him know your concern for Hua Zaichen, and the torture of Shuang Shuying during her imprisonment:
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 202- 588-0032; 202-7457473
Director of Religious Affairs: (202) 328-2512