As of the time of writing in 2019, three years have already passed since I sought asylum overseas. Fleeing the persecution of the Chinese government, I changed my identity and barely managed to escape to South Korea. Here, I don’t have to worry that the police will suddenly burst into my house to arrest me or that I’ll be tailed or watched when I leave my house, and I’m able to practice my faith without taking any special precautions. It’s a dream come true, and it certainly would’ve been unimaginable in China.
While detained, she was forced to sit on a bed board for 9 hours a day and take on very hard labor. That combined with the very poor food available in the detention center, Zhenyu’s breast cancer took a sharp turn for the worse though her condition had been improving. She passed away from illness in April 2019 at the age of 38.