Soundtrack: "Dove High Over the Storm"
1999, a massive genocide has been carried out against Falun Gong practitioners
in China, and the most vulnerable victims are the children. They are separated
from their parents, forced into homelessness, expelled from schools, orphaned,
and even persecuted to death. It's been six years...
Rescuing Falun Gong Children in China
In 2002 a young practitioner wrote:
"I am a fifth-grade student in elementary school. My younger sister is a fourth-grade
student. The school principal asked my sister and me 'Will you still practice
Falun Gong?' Both of us answered, 'We will practice Falun Gong...'
Then the principal expelled us from school and would not allow us to return. He
also reported us to the 610 Office."
What is Falun Gong? Falun Gong is a
traditional Chinese spiritual discipline for the mind and body that includes both
exercises and meditation. Its guiding principles are Truthfulness, Compassion,
and Forbearance. People who practice regularly find that it brings better health,
reduced stress and inner peace. The practice was first introduced to the public
in China in 1992 and spread quickly by word of mouth. By 1999 over 100 million
people were practicing Falun Gong, compared to only 60 million communist party
members. Out of his irrational jealousy, the dictator Jiang Zemin branded Falun
Gong as the country's No. 1 enemy, and in conjunction with the Chinese Communist
Party, launched a brutal campaign to eradicate Falun Gong.
A massive hate
campaign utilizing misinformation, intimidation, and brutality began spreading
across China in July of 1999. In the following years, hundreds of thousands of
Falun Gong practitioners were imprisoned in forced-labor camps, brainwashing centers,
prisons and psychiatric hospitals. As of June 27, 2005, nearly 2623 deaths ---
mostly from torture --- have been verified, but the actual number is believed
to be much higher.
Unfortunately, in this persecution, children have not
My name is Zhuangzhuang. When I was ten months old, my Mom
and I became homeless to avoid persecution. When I was a year and a half old,
my Dad was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison. Half a year later,
Mom was arrested and sentenced to nine years. From then on, I never saw my Mom
again. Now I live with my Grandma. After three years of torture, my Dad was sent
home dying. Grandma and I watched Dad pass away right before our eyes. We cried
so much it felt like our hearts were broken into pieces.
On November 23,
2001, Liu Xiaotian was in school when he was told that his parents were arrested
by the police because they practiced Falun Gong. Then the police came to look
With a neighbor's help, Xiaotian managed to escape to his
uncle's place in Fujian Province, but the police traced him there. In June
of 2003, with financial help from his uncle, Xiaotian managed to escape to Denmark.
At this time, because of shock and fear, he couldn't form a complete sentence.
It took him a whole year to fully express in words what had happened to him. Sadly,
the first news from his uncle in China was that both of his parents had been tortured
to death within five months of their arrest.
We can only imagine how many
children are suffering from the loss of their parents, and who are enduring hardships
because their parents were imprisoned or sent to labor camps. But what's
even more shocking is that young children are being directly targeted for persecution
by Jiang's followers simply because they or their parents practice Falun
Wang Shujie, four years old, died of shock and fear after seeing her
father being brutally abused in police custody.
Li Qingqing became an orphan
when she was only nine years old. Her father died of illness in 2000 and her mother
was persecuted to death for practicing Falun Gong in 2001. Because the anti-Falun
Gong propaganda is spread so viciously in the state-controlled media, Qingqing's
friends would not play with her. They even cruelly ridiculed her. She could no
longer take the pressure and attempted to commit suicide by drinking pesticide.
Although the people around her knew what happened, they did not offer help because
their hearts were hardened by the hateful propaganda. Now, Qingqing is still alive,
but she will be devastated by this trauma for years to come.
died in July 2002 after a year of torture and abuse in detention centers. Her
teenaged son is now alone.
Over the past five years, countless children
have suffered from prejudice, intimidation, illegal detention, beatings, and homelessness.
Some have even been tortured to death. The harm done to these children is impossible
The suffering of children that we have documented is just
a drop in the ocean compared to what has taken place over the past six years of
persecution. How many children have been deprived of a happy childhood and family
life? How many family tragedies has this persecution created? At this time it
is hard to accurately determine. But for the future of the children, the future
of justice, and the future of mankind, the world's people must join forces
to put an end to this inhuman persecution.
I see you
drifting through the veil of night, my lost young child
These torn clothes
and your face is bruised and red, what's happened child?
Did you say
your parents were kidnapped?
No child, your parents can't be dead!
My little lotus flower, crying in the dark
Lotus flower, you've been
starving in the streets, it breaks my heart
Lotus flower, how can a child
they beat, it breaks my heart
Child I will take you in
Child I will
bring you home
And bring happiness back to you
No more you'll suffer
Child we will take you in
Child we will bring you home
be a flower that sees the spring
Soon a dove flying high over the storm
How to help
1. Tell more people about these children
Write to the US President and US Congress
July 9, 2005
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