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Chinese Pastor Finally Freed After 7 Long Years Behind Bars, Faces New Struggle Without Proper Identification

The Challenges of ‍Reintegration for a Chinese Pastor

After being⁤ released from ‌a ‍seven-year ​prison sentence, Rev. ⁢John Sanqiang Cao faces ​numerous ⁤obstacles in regaining his freedom and the ability to access ​basic⁣ services in China.

Struggles Post-Release

Returning from ​a mission‍ trip in Myanmar, Rev. Cao ⁣found himself detained⁤ and sentenced to⁢ prison, despite his efforts to spread Christianity in a country where religious activities⁤ are ‌strictly controlled. Now ⁢back in his hometown⁢ of Changsha ​in Hunan province, he ​is confronted with the reality ⁣of not having any legal documentation, making it impossible for him to ⁢obtain essential services or even move freely within his own country.

Dedication to‍ Faith

Rev. Cao, a native of Changsha, had‍ a deep commitment to sharing Christianity in‍ China, where the ‌practice of religion is heavily monitored and regulated. ⁢Despite the risks involved, he set up numerous Bible study schools⁢ and engaged in missionary work,⁤ especially in areas affected by conflict and social ⁤issues.

Lack of Recognition

While in prison, Rev. Cao’s family and supporters advocated for his release, emphasizing his status as a ⁢prisoner of‍ conscience. However, even after completing‌ his sentence, he continues to face⁣ challenges due to the absence of⁢ proper documentation, such as a hukou registration, which is crucial for obtaining a national ID card and accessing various social services.

Call for Freedom

Despite ⁤his release from prison, Rev. Cao ​remains‌ restricted in his movements and access to services‍ due to bureaucratic hurdles. He questions the need for such limitations‍ on a free citizen⁣ and highlights the need for​ greater⁤ recognition of individual rights and freedoms.

Critical ⁣Support

International‌ organizations like ​the U.S.‍ Commission​ on International Religious Freedom have advocated for Rev. Cao’s freedom, recognizing his⁤ dedication​ to his faith and the injustices he has faced.⁢ The ongoing struggle for recognition and rights continues ⁤as Rev. Cao seeks to navigate the complexities of reintegration ​and establish‍ his place in society once more.

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