- After living and working in China as a teacher since August last year, police arrested Madri van den Heever, age 34, along with one of her colleges on account of "faulty Visas"
- She was detained for 16 days and held under terrible conditions without knowing when, or if, she would ever get out to see her husband and child again
- When she was finally set free, she decided to speak out to the press about her arrest and the circumstances she had to endure while being imprisoned
Gauteng resident Madri van den Heever was arrested on 24 April this year by Chaoyang Police on account of a faulty Visa. As it turns out, the Visa that she had obtained from her employer, Imagine Preschool, was for another district in Beijing.
She reported to the PressReader that she was terrified as she and a college were taken into custody. The other teachers at the school had not been working there long, so were not arrested.
They had to strip in front of police and all her possessions were taken away. She spent the next 16 days in prison with prostitutes, drug addicts and other criminals. The food was nearly inedible and the living conditions, Briefly.co.za gathers.
As the days dragged by, she began to loose hope, she told The South African. “I had not seen my husband and child for 13 days, my heart ached and all I could do was cry and pray for each day to end."
At the end of her ordeal, she was taken to the airport and back to South Africa. Despite her experience, she told The South African that she would want to return to China someday. She did warn anyone wanting to teach there, however.
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