I Had Lucky Escape
by Daily Express
Jennifer Zeng is one of thousands arrested and sent to labour camps for practising Buddhism (Jennifer's note: Actually we were sent there for practicing Falun Gong), the tribunal heard.
Imprisoned for a year 15 miles from Tiananmen Square, she was tortured and forced to write essays renouncing her beliefs.
Jennifer, 52, said, "They deprived us of the very essence of being a human being-the right to our own thoughts and feelings and free will.
"They tortured us, they starved us and the developed a very simple method which was sleep deprivation.
"I heard there was a woman who didn't sleep for 15 days until she collapsed."
Jennifer and inmates were repeatedly given medical checks, including blood tests and X-rays, and she now believes she had a narrow escape from execution when she fled to the US.
She said:"Even though I had suffered so much cruelty, I couldn't believe it.
"when I heard more detailed reports and realized it was true, I realized what a narrow escape I had. After the Second World War, when people heard what happened in the concentration camps, they said 'never again'.
"But it's happening again on such an unprecedented scale."