Letters from Suji & Son-hee
Please Help Our Father
May 15, 2003
Hello, I am Suji, elder daughter of Choi Yong Hun
Choi Yong Hun and his two daughters
The weather is now changing to warm, spring days, and we see
families enjoying picnics. But scenes like this make my
heart ache because of my family's troubled situation.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all who are
concerned about our family. I'm sure my Dad, who is still
detained in China, would thank you, too.
It has already been 5 months since my Dad was arrested. He
needs daily medications for high blood pressure, diabetes
and asthma. I worry so much because they're not letting him
take the medications he needs. The Chinese police would not
even let my Mom to meet my Dad to hand him his medications.
Also, two years ago, he had an operation on his abdomen.
This makes me worry all the more about his health. Every
day I wonder how he's doing. What kind of food does he get
in jail? Do they make him sleep on the cold concrete floor?
I'm sure he misses me, my younger sister and my Mom.
My Dad is a warm-hearted man. When he sees someone in need
on a street, he just cannot pass them. He sometimes gave
money to those needing it, or fed those who were starving.
So I feel a lot of resentment -- why did they arrest such a
kind-hearted man like my Dad?
I really appreciate the Japanese and American broadcast
stations that helped us by letting us talk about my Dad and
his situation. This let people know about our suffering.
Please help us get my Dad released as soon as possible.
All I can do is to say "Please help my Dad" and offer words
of thanks to you for your help. Even though I really wish I
could, I don't have any power to release him safety or even
to go to the Chinese police and get his medicines handed to
With all my heart, I ask President Roh and his government to
help us to get my Dad back immediately. How can we live
Sometimes I feel bad about myself because I can't do
anything for him except pray for his release.
I ask you all for your continued interest in supporting and
helping my Dad until he's safely released.
I may not be able to do anything for you right now, but I
promise that someday I will return your favor.
Elder daughter of Choi Yong Hun
From South Korea
May 30, 2003
Dear President Hu Jintao,
I am Choi Son-hee, the second daughter of Choi Yong-hun, who
is still held by the Chinese police. I am in the third
grade at elementary school. Our family is having a lot of
trouble, because my Dad was arrested in China four months
My Mom has been working hard to try and make a living while
our Dad is gone. And she has been trying very hard to find
some way to get our Dad back home.
Please help us, Mr. President.
My Mom goes and works at a vegetable and fish market every
morning at 3 o'clock, while we are still asleep. I know
she's having a hard time, but she tries never to let us see
it. But she always worries about our Dad and about me and my
My Dad has some health problems. He has high blood
pressure, diabetes and asthma. And not long ago, he had a
colon operation. I really worry about this a lot, and every
day I pray and I cry. We have not had any good news about
my Dad, and I can't seem to think about anything else for
I heard that my Dad has not received his medicines and has
been getting poor food, mostly corn gruel. I'm very worried
about his health getting worse. What will I do if he gets
more sick and we never see his face again? Without him, how
can we live?
Please, President Hu Jintao, send our Dad back to us, so
that we can live together again. Please let my Dad go. I
know you can get my Dad the right medicines and good
treatment at a hospital.
I am waiting for you to answer, counting the days on my
Younger daughter of Choi Yong Hun
From South Korea