There’s a disturbingly unique phenomenon in mainland China’s labor camps and prisons. The Falun Gong practitioners being detained there are often whole families, couples, siblings, or parents and children. Even the elderly and young toddlers can’t avoid persecution.
Many families who gained peace and health from Falun Gong after a relative or the whole family learned it have now become broken families, ruined after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong in 1999.
Falun Gong practitioner Jing Yu from Shenyang, Liaoning, once had a happy family. He and his sisters Jing Tian, Jing Cai and mother Chen Jun all have stories of miraculous recovery from a variety of diseases because of practicing Falun Gong.
In particular, Jing Tian had a congenital heart disease and she was told by doctors that she wouldn’t live past 30 years old, leaving a dismal gloom hanging over the family. However, their agony was resolved after Jing Tian, the older sister, started practicing Falun Gong.
Jing Yu: “My whole family began practicing Falun Gong in 1996, including my grandfather, mother and two sisters. My mother had eight diseases including very serious diseases in her gallbladder and shoulders, rheumatism and others. My sister was suffering from congenital heart disease. Within a few months of practicing Dafa they’ve been completely restored to health.”
Seeing Jing Tian’s recovery, her friends and relatives also began practicing Falun Gong. However, Jing Yu family’s happy life was soon be broken. In July 1999, the CCP launched the persecution campaign specifically targeting Falun Gong, taking freedom away from countless Falun Gong practitioners, and destroying countless families like Jing Yu’s who practiced Falun Gong.
Jing Yu: “In 1999, my mother and two sisters went to appeal at the Beijing petitions office after the CCP’s crackdown on Falun Gong started. My mother and sisters were then detained in Shenyang City’s Longshan Labor Camp. My elder sister was illegally detained in the Tangshan Female Labor Camp just for holding a banner that said, ‘Shenyang Dafa practitioner peacefully appealing to Beijing,’ on Tiananmen Square. They were sentenced to forced labor for three years.”
Jing Yu’s family were brutally persecuted just like thousands of other Falun Gong practitioners’ families because they won’t give up their belief. In addition to beatings, electric shocks, and other tortures that exceed the body’s endurance, the elder sister Jing Tian had her blood drawn five times and almost became a victim of live organ harvesting.
The younger sister was persecuted to near death. Jing Yu had tubes inserted into his lungs and his ribs were fractured from beatings. Police beat his mother to disability.
Jing Yu: “My older sister faced force-feeding, electric shocks, and was hung from a tree in the sun for long periods of time for going on a hunger strike to protest her illegal detention. My mother suffered more brutal persecution in Shenyang Longshan Labor Camp. The inhuman police inserted electric batons into my mother’s mouth, resulting in broken teeth, charred lips and even nose. The police have often beaten my mother, causing her blindness in one eye. ”
The CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong has gone on for 15 years. Many Falun Gong practitioners can hardly get together with their families because of long-term, repeated arrest and illegal detention. Some Falun Gong practitioners haven’t even seen their family members since the persecution started. Some of them were illegally given harsh sentences, and never gained freedom. Others lost their lives forever in the persecution.
Jing Yu: “My mother and sisters were illegally abducted to prison again from homes immediately after their three year detention ended, due to adhering to their faith. Even not long after I started practicing, I wasn’t spared persecution. My two sisters and I were heavily sentenced for 13 years and 10 years. In December 2012, when we heard that the local police were going to ransack our house, my frail mother fell down while she was attempting to relocate materials clarifying the truth about Falun Gong and never got up.”
However, harassment and intimidation of Jing Yu’s family didn’t stop because his mother was tortured to death, to the contrary, it became even more intensified. Jing Yu and his sister had to risk their lives to exile due to the endless persecution. A wonderful family, fragmented since then.
Now, to avoid the same tragedy befalling the families of more Falun Gong practitioners, Jing Yu and his sisters have joined the wave of people revealing the truth about Falun Gong to the world’s people who’ve been deceived by the CCP.