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繪畫 / 青風
文字 / 野枝
▍"They just force us to obey all the rules"
The day I saw P for the first time was the day after the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was discovered in the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre (CIC). I brought some disinfectant wipes to her, but was told that each detainee can only receive three packs of wipes (10 pieces per pack) per month. P has received them once this month, and the immigration officer said that she has to wait until next month. I asked P, have the epidemic prevention measures in CIC been strengthened? She said no, “The toilet is never clean. Everything is wet. The sewage flows from the toilet to the ground, sometimes on the floor where we are sitting…" She was very worried.
P said that the cleaners working inside were very old, generally over 60 years old, and that they simply couldn’t handle such a dirty job. P said that she had tried to ask the officer for a toilet brush and wanted to clean the toilet by herself, but the officer only gave her two toothbrushes. She complained, and then more than 20 officers came to surround her and sent her to the doctor saying that she was acting furious. However, the doctor did not make any diagnosis and put her in the isolation room straight away. The isolation room is very small, less than three meters wide, no windows, no fans and has a foul smell. It seemed that this room had never been cleaned, and she was not even allowed to wear shoes. They only gave her a small and smelly blanket that made her skin itchy. She just wanted to clean the toilet, but ended up being locked inside an isolation room. She was angry and continued to complain to the high-level officer until she was able to leave the isolation room. Later, I heard similar things from other visitors. Another male detainee from Nigeria also asked an officer for a toilet brush, and also received two toothbrushes.
P said that female detainees in CIC are frequently punished. “There are too many rules here, they just force us to obey all the rules, but even every officer has his/her own set of rules. It is difficult to follow all the rules, so we are being punished constantly.” Once she got punished for cleaning, just because she didn’t immediately respond to an officer calling her number, when she was in her own thoughts and also surrounded by a lot of noise. P said that another female detainee was shouted at for a long time because the way her hair was tied did not meet the requirements of a certain officer. She couldn’t help it and replied “Shut up" and was then locked in an isolation room for seven days.
P is from Tanzania. She spent a few years in a prison in Hong Kong before being sent directly to CIC. She said that this is the worst place she has ever stayed in.“They took everything from me, they keep us here and make us hopeless. I felt that I could still be strong, to stand up for myself. I am worried for those who are unable to stand up for themselves.”
4 September 2020
Drawing by 青風
Text by Noe