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For refusing extra work, Elisabeth loses television "privileges"


November 13, 2020

Hola Juanita!

First, let me say I am very happy because I spoke today with your students. I like it when they ask me questions because they look so enthusiastic. I do get nervous sometimes. With all due respect, I would also like to say that you look very beautiful when you’re teaching!

After I finished the video call with you, I went to Xiomara’s room. It was about 4 p.m. The official Bordonaro began to yell. We didn’t get up, and she came into the room, yelling at us to go out and put the chairs up. I said no, and Xiomara said the same. Then the official Bordonaro said to turn off the televisions. We said, go ahead and turn them off, we are not going to work. Abi told the official what we had said because the official doesn’t speak Spanish. She was furious. She went to her book and then yelled out my number: 376. I was scared. I got up and and said to Abi, ask the official what she is saying to me. Abi did, and then said, the official is telling you to come out of your room, you are being written up because you are not helping with the work. Then she said, go back to your room and stay there. You do not have permission to leave your room. She just kept yelling at me, and I said, don’t yell.

Then, on Sunday, Xiomara and I were in the bathroom. Xiomara left and I stayed, brushing my teeth, when I heard the official, yelling very loudly, “Elisabeth!” And I opened the curtain with my brush in my both and answered, “What is going on?” I didn’t understand what she told me, and I went to wash my hands and finish brushing my teeth. I ran out when I heard my radio playing. My radio has an alarm that goes off at 6:45 a.m., and the official was yelling at me in English to turn it off. I went to get breakfast, and I told Xiomara, that guard wants to hurt me. Xiomara went to her room, and I went to mine. I just laid in my bed and cried. I thought other women have alarms that go off, and they don’t get yelled at. Also, why does no one pay attention to the guard who works from midnight to 8 a.m? This official turns on the television at five minutes before 6. He turns up the volume very loud, and I cannot sleep. Even when I have a headache, I don’t say anything.

Things are so stressful here. I feel like I cannot take it any longer. If I do not work, they are not going to permit me to use the tablets, the microwave, the videochats. For this reason, I cannot stop working completely, but I can’t take the pressure anymore.

Right now, I am trying to think about what I want to do when I leave this nightmare. I think about my family, my friends, and how I would like to live with you and your family, to get to know you better, and to get to know your family. I want to work to help my mother. I want to realize all my dreams. If God is willing, this can still happen.

I love you forever, Juanita!


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