(Dalian, Liaoning—May 9, 2016) A Christian woman recently wrote a letter that detailed persecution she experienced, including the loss of her mother and brother.
Prompted by the government-backed demolition of their home on June 4, 2008, the family of Wang Chunyan, a Christian now residing in the United States, traveled to and petitioned higher government offices in an attempt to facilitate legal recourse. On their way to Beijing, Wang’s mother passed away.
On Jan. 8, 2014, authorities criminally detained Wang after she attended a Bible study at Beijing Holy Love Fellowship Church. While she served her one-month sentence for an “illegally gathering” charge, her mentally disabled brother died after wandering off due to a lack of supervision.
Additionally, her sister, Wang Chunmei, was sentenced to one year in detention, during which she received injuries at the hands of the officials.
Quotes from Wang Chunyan letter
“I am from Dalian, Liaoning, China. Because our home was destroyed, [my family] was destitute and homeless. To this day, my mother and brother, Yaxin, are lying in morgues in Beijing and Dalian, respectively. My sister, Chunmei, is still plagued by injuries and illness.
Since our home was pillaged, we started roving and asking for [the government] to return to the pursuit of justice according to the law. However, from the officials who robbed us, we not only failed to receive justice. First, my mother wrongfully lost her life on the road to petition in Beijing, followed by the three of us—my older sister, younger brother [and I]—being repeatedly imprisoned and persecuted by officials in Jilin and Liaoning. Furthermore, we all experienced detention.”
“I don’t know how many people have experienced and are experiencing the great pain I have suffered. However, every major holiday, the large streets and small alleys in Beijing brim with the persistent silhouettes of petitioners, even if they are unscrupulously suppressed or stopped.
The officials who afflicted us were tempted by the devil and either are not limited to enslaving people or, out of fear, more openly resisting God by starting a movement to demolish crosses, arresting servants of the eternal God, and franticly seizing and injuring righteous people. They are fiddling with the law to convict righteous people, intending to eliminate the voice of justice.”