Sara salió del Centro de Detención Eloy el Lunes, 15 de Junio. Aquí comparte sus testimonio sobre los abusos que vio adentro y la huelga de hambre.
Sara was released from the Eloy Detention Center on Monday, June 15. Here she shares her testimony about the abuses she saw inside and the hunger strike.
My name is Sara. On Monday, June 15, I was released from Eloy Detention Center. I had been inside four months. I have seen many abuses in detention. There are pregnant women in detention that signed their deportations because their bond was too high. With them, they leave them there because they can not deport pregnant women and they are still in there suffering. I witnessed a girl who called for help and was bleeding. And she told them she was bleeding and they told her that was normal. And they took her away when her child was already dead. We don’t know anything about what happened to her. We do not know if they deported her or let her go here. There are many pregnant inside detention. Many people have been locked up there for more than eleven months. They have denied their bonds, denied everything for them. The officials treat us badly. Maybe it is because we can not speak English. And they only speak pure English. They treat us badly.
On Saturday, we learned of a hunger strike. All the men participated and up to sixty women also participated . All the men, everybody, the majority of men.
The food is very bad inside. When we go to the doctor, they tell us that … we say such a part of our body hurts us and they tell us, go to drink water, drink plenty of water. High blood pressure? Water.
They only tell us to drink water there when we go to the doctor.
What happened on Saturday?
On Saturday, they locked us in our cells and brought us our food very late. And we did not get any water. They gave us only five minutes to bathe ourselves, only two people had time to. And many women were on strike, sixty women participated. They beat on the doors, to let them out, to give us better food, that they could not take away our right to get out of detention, and to treat us well and everything. I witnessed all that and yes, there is a hunger strike. And from what I understand, it continues. I got out yesterday, and they said it was continuing, that it wasn’t ending there.