that's life (Australia) - - That's Brave -

It was near­ing Hal­loween in 2011 and Julie Keith was open­ing boxes of dec­o­ra­tions when she found a note.

Writ­ten in part English, part Chi­nese it had trav­elled 9000km.

This prod­uct is pro­duced by Unit 8, Depart­ment 2 of Masan­jia labour camp, China. Peo­ple who work here have to work 15 hours a day with­out break, oth­er­wise they will suf­fer tor­ture, it read.

The let­ter gained in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion and caught the eye of a doc­u­men­tary maker in Canada, Leon Lee.

Leon used his con­tacts in China to find the let­ter’s author.

The softly spo­ken en­gi­neer named Sun Yi had been im­pris­oned in 2008 for his faith.

He’d suf­fered hor­ren­dous tor­ture dur­ing his two-and-ahalf-year sen­tence and was will­ing to risk his life to end the abuse.

‘I want to make a film to ex­pose how evil the camp is,’ Sun Yi told Leon.

Sun Yi se­cretly filmed his ex­pe­ri­ences and those of guards and other pris­on­ers brave enough to speak out.

He sent the videos to Leon via en­crypted mes­sag­ing apps.

There was a pub­lic out­cry and the camps were closed in 2013, grant­ing 160,000 in­no­cent men and women their free­dom.

Leon helped Sun Yi es­cape to In­done­sia in 2016. Sun Yi died a year later, but not be­fore meet­ing the woman who’d found his des­per­ate let­ter.

‘If I hadn’t re­ported that let­ter, thou­sands of peo­ple could have re­mained locked in Masan­jia to this day,’ Julie said.

Sun Yi and Julie read the note to­gether

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