One of the main reasons given for the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes split is that Katie wanted her daughter Suri to escape before she was sent to Sea Org, a California compound of Scientologists.Astra Woodcraft grew up in the Sea Org from the age of seven and talked to the Daily Beast about her childhood. She’s now in her thirties and lives with her daughter.
Here are some of the most disturbing highlights from her interview.
-Children are taught that bad things happened to them because they “pulled them in” with negative thoughts.
-Astra only saw her mum about once a week. Instead of “mum,” she was commanded to call her “sir.”
-Astra’s mum and brother signed a billion-year contract with Sea Org, where they committed to stay for their immortal lifetimes.
-The children were kept together in a dirty compound and dressed in old, torn clothes. They often went to school with head lice.
-“At night we drank a beverage we called ‘CalMag,’ a terrible mixture of calcium, magnesium, vinegar, and water.”
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