Xiao Kaihan (b. 1932) is a resident of Xuanzhongyu Village, Baiyun Town, Shimen County, Hunan Province. Xiao worked as a commander of the local people’s militia and the security director of the production team. In this interview, Xiao recounts how two other security leaders tied and beat production team members who worked for the project of Heping Reservoir in the winter of 1959. In the contrary, Xiao recounts how he himself took advantage of his position to save three villagers, who snatched or stole food to eat.