Degar Montagnard Family Punished For Fleeing To
7/18/07 Vietnam (Montagnard Foundation) — The mother and father of the Christian Degar Montagnard family (below) has suffered torture and imprisonment for having fled Vietnam and then returning, while their children were abandoned by police.
- HThui Ya (wife) born 1978 from Buon U village, commune Ea Tling, district DakMil, Dak Nong province. Sentenced to 3 years 7 months imprisonment in June 2007
- Y-Thot Butrang (husband) born 1962 from Buon U village, commune Ea Tling, district Dak Mil, Dak Nong province. Sentenced to 11 years imprisonment in 2002
- HPhiwana (5 year old daughter) was born in 2002. Now without parents.
- Y-Tuwani (4 year old son) was born in 2003. Now without parents.
Their story is as follows: Y-Thot Butrang and his wife HThui Ya are Degar Montagnard Christians who had fled repression in
2002: When they arrived back in
14 May 2007 the two ladies again took the children and went searching for their mother and they finally located the childrens mother at Daknong province prison. The police made them wait in a room while they went to get HThui Ya from her prison cell. HThui Ya could barely walk as she had been permanently chained to stocks with her legs chained between two logs. She had also been beaten and tortured in prison. Her face was pale as she had been deprived of food, her legs bruised and swollen. When she met with her children, all of them burst into tears and they cried as they were happy to see each other. But the police allowed her to see her children only 30 minutes and then dragged her away back to prison cell number 5. At this time the children were screaming and crying uncontrollably for their mother but the police separated them permitting only a 30 minute visit.