Jennifer’s Photo Stories (17)曾錚的圖片故事(17)

The Startled Look in My Daughter’s Eyes  女兒眼中那驚恐的表情

This photo of my daughter and me was taken in May,2001, about one month after I was released from Beijing Female Labor Camp. I had been imprisoned there for one year for practiced Falun Gong(
Five days after my release, I ran away from my home to avoid being taken back to the brain-washing center. I tried to help my sister, who was also a Falun Gong practitioner ; and who had been living in hiding for months, to escape; but failed. She was caught on a bus on the day when we planned to run away together by train. I had a narrow escape; and flew to Shanxi alone.
My 8 year old daughter was waiting for me in Shanxi. It happened to be her school holiday. She didn’t know that I was chased by the police. She thought I was taking her out to have a good time together.
However, she did know that I had just been imprisoned for one year; and she also knew that to practice Falun Gong was dangerous. She herself had been discriminated in school because her mother had been sent to labor camp, where only bad people were supposed to be held.
Therefore, as you can see in the photo, there was a terrified, startled and puzzled look in my daughter’s eyes, as well on her face.  This look had not been there before I was taken away from her by the police; and this look had really pained and troubled me deeply for a very, very long time.

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