China’s information blockade makes it especially difficult to estimate the true number of Falun Gong practitioners who have died from torture, forced labour, and forced organ harvesting, but recent investigations have put the number at least in the hundreds of thousands.
That means thousands of children will have lost one or both parents to China’s brutal persecution since 1999. An even larger number of parents remain locked in communist brainwashing centres, prisons and detention centres for years, unable to see or provide for their families.
Falun Gong children are also themselves direct targets of China’s persecutory policies. In September, 2013, a United Nations committee examined China’s adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and expressed deep concern about the children of Falun Gong practitioners having been persecuted and discriminated against.
The Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada reported on a statement by the United Nations Association of the USA that children of Falun Gong practitioners “have become direct targets of police” and that, according to its information “at least five children, as young as 8 months old, have died from police mistreatment, dozens have been incarcerated, tortured, or subjected to forced labor, and hundreds have been expelled from schools.” More than ten years after that report, the violence continues.
Huang Xinyu was only a year and a half old when her mother was killed after being arrested in Beijing while appealing for justice for Falun Gong practitioners. Less than three years later, her father was beaten to death in a detention center for refusing to renounce his faith. She’s an orphan in the photo to the right (above), and now lives with her grandparents in Fushun City.
The night Pan Zhuangzhaung’s mother and grandmother were abducted by police from their home, the 3-year-old boy was left alone. His father, already imprisoned, soon died from the effects of torture. After her wrongful arrest, the boy’s mother was sentenced to nine years in Harbin City Women’s Prison, leaving her son effectively orphaned.
As far as we know, Xinyu and Zhuangzhuang haven’t left China, which means any type of electronic contact to find out how they’re doing could put them in danger. Chinese authorities have poured millions of dollars into the surveillance of computers and mobile devices in order to track the movements of their citizens. They’ve used this system to track down Falun Gong devotees for years. Luna’s successful escape and relocation is a rare case.