By Zhu Dan, Finland
The film Who Forced Her to the End of the Road is one of the documentary films titled Chronicles of Religious Persecution produced by The Church of Almighty God. From the title we can see that, in the film “she” is forced to “the end of the road”—a road to ruin. So who is “she”? What happened to her? Who on earth compelled her to the blind alley? What is the truth behind the scenes? The title, set by the director, creates nail-biting suspense and captures the imagination. Behind the truth, however, is unspeakable sorrow and helplessness, which, I believe, will definitely touch everyone who has seen this film.
The film begins with a slow-moving crowd. The leading girl, with a white cloth on the head, holds a conspicuous sign that says “Give me back my mother.” Beside her is an old man holding an urn with a pained look on his face. They are heading to Chongqing City Labor Camp, with the purpose of getting justice.
Here is the story. Under the environment of the Chinese government’s persecution on Christianity and Christians, Gao Yufeng, a Christian who performs hosting duty, becomes one of the government’s targets. One day, two sisters gather together in her house; just after they finish and leave, a group of policemen dash into her house and turn it over; at last, they take away all the valuable things and the books they read during the meeting, and arrest Gao, leaving her house a mess. For fear that their only daughter and other relatives would worry, her husband silently bears it, simply thinking that her wife is merely believing in God and that the police will release her after they know the truth. In the next scene where the couple meet in the visitors’ room of detention house, Gao having wounds all over her face, the cold glass wall separates the couple ruthlessly; though they are physically close, their reunion seems light-years away. They seldom say a word, but their eyes and expressions deliver their care and worry about each other.
In the labor camp, the instructor and other prisoners not only show no care to Gao, a weak old lady who is nearly sixty, but treat her with corporal punishment and hitting, and often dock her food. What’s more, since Gao refuses to sign on the “three statements” to deny and betray God, they torture her even more, making her mental and physical conditions worse and worse. Once she asks to use the toilet when doing the work, but the instructor refuses her and even forces her to stand on the playground as punishment. Unable to hold it anymore, she begs the instructor again, yet is again refused. At last, Gao wets herself in full view of everyone and gets ridiculed by others. In the labor camp, not only is Gao’s fundamental right as a citizen deprived, her dignity and integrity also suffer ultimate insult.
The heavy manual labor, as well as the beating and insult of other prisoners, makes Gao suffer unspeakably. Aside from these mental and physical torments, the CCP government uses her daughter’s future to threaten her, attempting to make her sign on the “three statements” to betray God and her brothers and sisters, saying they will inject her with drugs if she doesn’t sign on it, but Gao would rather die than surrender. At last, after suffering three months’ life of the hell, Gao has reached her limit and can hardly hold on. Unwilling to be a burden to her family or betray God, she ends her life in the prison ward.
The Chinese government has carried out a really hellish and unimaginable persecution to Christians. Nobody knows how many people on earth have been compelled to choose suicide in prison. Gao Yufeng is just a normal Christian, yet suffers such “treatment”; had she not been persecuted to a certain degree, how could she have thought of suicide? The CCP is good at killing people without spilling blood. Outwardly, it is Gao committing suicide, yet if the government hadn’t persecuted and arrested Christians, then Gao wouldn’t have been put into jail; if the government hadn’t tortured her for confession and subjected her to inhumane treatment, if they hadn’t time and again forced her to sign on the “three statements” to betray God and her brothers and sisters, and if they hadn’t used drug injection and her daughter’s future to threaten her, how could she have taken her own life? Christians are supposed to be protected; none of them should have suffered such persecution, much less Gao, a weak old lady. While feeling sorry for the misfortune of Gao, we should condemn the devilry of the Chinese government, the culprit for Gao’s death.
Clearly, there is no humanism in China. Behind the religious freedom the Chinese government declares publicly is its atheistic despotism and evil methods it adopts to persecute religious belief. The grisly tale of Chinese Christians’ persecution is worth our deep consideration.
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