Vietnam Christian jailed – 16 years – completed prison term – returned home – failing health [#NeedYourPrayers #VietnamePersecution #ChristianPersecution] 03/16
Vietnam Christian jailed for 16 years for demanding land rights and religious freedom has completed his prison term and returned home in failing health [#VietnamPersecution #ChristianPersecution]
A Vietnamese ethnic minority Montagnard jailed for almost 16 years for demanding land rights and religious freedom has completed his prison term and returned home in failing health according to the Central Highlands resident.
Y Ngun Knul was sentenced in 2004 in Vietnam’s Dak Lak province to an 18-year term, later reduced, for launching protests calling for a Protestant church shut down by authorities to be reopened and for the members of his community to be allowed to live according to their traditions.
“As those rights were being taken away, people were becoming upset, and so I called on everyone to take part in the protests. As a result, I was arrested and sentenced to 18 years in prison.”
– Y Ngun Knul
Held at Nam Ha and Thanh Chuong prisons in faraway Nghe An province, Y Ngun Knul was visited by his family only 4 times during his time behind bars, he said.
Y Ngun Knul’s family meanwhile lost their house and land. And now, suffering from poor health because of his time in prison, he is unsure about his future.
“I have kidney failure and high blood pressure and had a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Now I can eat only bowl of rice per day because I have stomach problems that make it hard for me to breathe.
My foot is swelling, too, making it hard for me to move.
I would like to go to a hospital for treatment, but I have no money now.”
– Y Ngun Knul
Vietnam: Christian released after 16 torturous years in prison; future uncertain amid failing health: