559 Take 1.
Clap stick. Interview with Nguyen Thi Te.
Nguyen Thi Te:
At that time there was no guerrilla fighters in the village. On August 2, 1965 the Americans dispatched a lot of troops into this area. They came in, in amphibious tanks and burnt down the houses. They forced the village inhabitants to get out of the houses so that they could burn them down. When the Americans came to my house with the interpreters they pushed us out of the house and refused to let us take any belonging with us at all. They did not allow us to take anything out of the house at all. They burnt everything. They just closed the door and burnt everything. Then they arrested the villagers and raped them and beat them up. When I tried to drag some of the belongings out of the house, the interpreter said that I was carrying out political struggle and did not allow me to take out anything at all. They arrested me and other inhabitants and took us to a
very large banyan tree. When the villagers saw that I was dragged to the banyan tree they all yelled out loud, asking the Americans not to arrest me. The Americans said that we were carrying out political struggles and ordered that we be roughed up. So they beat us profusely and chased everybody away except for me. Then four Americans put a dynamo on my body here, attached a wire to my tongue and my two nipples and then they churned the dynamo. I was knocked down to the ground by the shock. After I fell to the ground, they stripped me completely naked. And then the four Americans took turns to rape me. After they were through raping me, they took this bottle here and shoved it up my vagina. When they pulled the bottle out, I also passed out and did not know what happened next. When I came to again because my neighbors threw water on me, I saw that two-thirds of this bottle was smeared with blood. This left a deep imprint in my mind. And my outrage is
profound. I am now a cripple and have not been able to do much as a result. Blood keeps on coming out of me continually ever since.