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"Mom and Dad, Please Come Back Home Soon"  
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The following is an open letter from two young sisters in Chengdu City calling for the rescue of their parents, written on December 11, 2003.

(Left Front: Fang Nanjie Right Front: Yang Xinyu Left Rear: Ms. Fang Jing Right Rear: Mr. Yang Zhu)



How are you? My name is Yang Xinyu, and I am an 11-year-old 5th grader . My little sister is Fang Nanjie. She is nine years old and in the 3rd grade. We go to Longzhoulu Grade School. We live in Longzhou Subdivision, Section #4, Building #3, Unit 2, Apartment #1, Longzhounanxiang Road, Jingjiang District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province.


We once had a happy family of five - grandfather, father, mother, sister, and me. My parents were both laid-off and to support our family, they took to peddling vegetables. They worked very hard and endured a lot of pressure. My mom was always sick with something. In 1995, my mother started to practice Falun Gong, and pretty soon she wasn’t getting sick any more. Then our whole family began to practice Falun Gong. Dad, Mom and Grandpa paid close attention to my sister's and my schoolwork even though they were very busy. They patiently taught us to draw, paint, write, and do calligraphy. I loved our happy family of five. I love my dad and mom.


Since July 20, 1999, however, just like thousands of other Falun Gong practitioners, the officials tried to persuade my mom to stop practicing. My mom wouldn’t quit, so they put her in jail for 15 days. After mom got out, she spent all her savings on an airplane ticket and flew to Beijing to appeal for the right to practice Falun Gong. My grandpa and dad stayed home because I was just starting first grade. Soon after mom came back, police broke into our home and arrested my mom for going to Tiananmen Square. My family was so sad and depressed. One month later, we received a notice that my mom would be sentenced to one and a half years of forced labor. My sister and I started sobbing when we saw the notice. On the day she was arrested, my mom did not want to go with the police, but four policemen put handcuffs on her, and carried her away. Every time I recall that scene, I always regret that I did not grab Mom's hands and stop the police.


Mom left us. So my grandma came from the village to take care of my sister and me. My mom was held in the Nanmusi Women's Labor Camp in Zizhong, Sichuan Province. The living conditions in the labor camp were miserable. In trying to force the practitioners to give up practicing, the labor camp forced my mom and other practitioners to sit straight, with both legs pushed tightly together. If anybody moved even a little, the guards and criminals would beat, kick, and tease them. They were not allowed to take showers and only had 5 minutes in the morning and at night for brushing their teeth and washing. But my mom never gave up her belief.


After mom got out in July 2001, my whole family took the train to Beijing to appeal again. A short while after we arrived at Tiananmen Square, a group of policemen came to us. They forcibly pushed my dad into the police car. Then they wound the yellow banner twice around my mother's neck and pulled it tight. Mom almost couldn't breathe. After a while, they released mom. My sister and I again witnessed the police's wild behavior, this time at the special location of Tiananmen Square in the light of day. We couldn't hold back our tears. Later we left Beijing with our mom.


After dad came home, in a very few months, my parents were put back in jail again for telling other people about the persecution of Falun Gong. Our grandma had to come from her village to take care of us again. During these four years, our family experienced separations like this many times. Soon we received the notice of my parents' sentences: Mom was  sentenced to three years in a labor camp, and Dad was sentenced to two years of forced labor. My grandpa's health deteriorated day by day, both from grief and his old age, and he passed away in February 2003. If my parents heard this tragic news, they would be so sad. We were all deeply shocked and sad. Grandpa had loved us dearly when he was alive. When we were in trouble, he used his small income to support the family. Before his death, he still had a lot that he wanted to tell my parents.


I hope the governments and authorities stop the persecution against Falun Gong practitioners and allow all children to grow up in warm sunshine with the love of their fathers, mothers, and families.


Mom and Dad please don't worry about us. We are all doing fine. Please do take care of yourselves. To the policemen in the prison, please treat my parents nicely. To those kind people who know about this case, help us so that together we can rescue our parents and they can come home soon.


Your loving daughters:

Yang Xinyu (writer)

Fang Nanjie



Father: Mr. Yang Zhu, detained in Xinhua Labor Camp in Mianyang City, Sichuan Province

Mother: Ms. Fang Jing, detained in Dabao Village Women's Labor Camp Section #42, Dabao Village, Luodaiwen'an Town, Longquanyi District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province


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