~ Message from Yang Yoon-Mo, Jeju prison

A tree seen on the way to the meeting room of the Jeju Prison

 from Save Jeju Now


Yang Yoon-Mo hit his 68th prison day on Monday, April 8. On April 10, he will hit his 70th prison day.

On a sunny Monday, the way to the meeting room of the Jeju prison was filled with green trees and magnolia.

Yang Yoon-Mo was still in patient cloth. Though still thin, he looked bright. His hairs were cut in tidy fashion.  The international team member could not tell him that a clash began in front of the construction sites from the early morning of the day because she worried about his heath that is still in recovering process.Instead she delivered to him some international solidarity messages sent to him after the end of his 52 day fast as of March 24, and asked his reply to the people who sent those.

Here is his reply:

Thanks to the international team, the news on me has been informed. It is my honor to be one with the peace activists in the world.

I will not do anything more to bother my body. I think it should be my return for the friendship and support of those.

I will do all my efforts to renew my daily change always. It is the will to be along with all the living creatures, not regarding body merely as an individual matter.

I thank all the friends in the world, especially to Bruce Gagnon, who helped me to realize that.”

The below is his reply on the question of his health, such as dyslexia:

“I will eat rice gruel by the end of this month so it will be thankful if people could send me enzyme by the end of this month. I need two bottles of enzyme a week. Since my power of concentration has become very weak, I can hardly read letters yet. I am planning to apply for a meeting with psychologist in the prison.

Currently five people including me are in a same sick room. Since the other people in a room prefer to watch the TV, it is hard for me to mentally concentrate. There is no clash with them but I suffer in my head as I try to overcome my inner conflict.

My only way is to hold mass alone at 11 am,  same time with Catholic mass that is held in the village and focus on it. It feels like I have given stress to my physical body for last two months’ fast.

Since relaxation is needed to release stress, I am trying not to push compulsion in my body. I have experienced chill three times since the end of my fast because of lowered immunity. I felt my body was shivering like an aspen. Since my body has become very sensitive even to cold wind, I restrain myself even from outdoor exercise (which is allowed for 15 to 20 minutes a day for every prisoner) I make efforts not to make my body to be excessive.”

Yang was happy to hear the news that the 4·3 movie “Jiseul”, has already attracted more than 70,000 audience throughout the nation, which is quite a remarkable record for an independent movie. He had originally dreamed of at least a 30,000 audiencefor the movie. He was also glad to hear that the 4·3 – remembering events were very meaningful this year because of the outcomes of two 4·3 movies(Jiseul and Binyom) and a book named, “You, Dear Gangjeong”.