(Clearwisdom.net) These children live in misery. Their parents were either illegally sentenced to prison, placed in mental hospitals, or forced into homelessness because they practice Falun Gong. They have prematurely lost the care and nurturing only a parent can provide and now live a cold, bitter life.

Father Died, Mother Imprisoned - Sixteen-Year-Old Struggles to Survive

Sixteen-year-Old Chen Yongzhu lives in Renhe District, Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province. When Yongzhu was two, his father left the world because of sickness. Since then he has lived with his mother, Chen Hequn. Because Hequn practiced Falun Gong, she was illegally arrested in 2003 and sentenced to seven and half years in prison. Deprived of maternal love, Yongzhu had to live alone.

Chen Hequn's work unit once threatened her with losing her job if she did not write a guarantee to not practice Falun Gong. She refused, lost her job and was given only 300 yuan a month for living expenses. After his mother was arrested, Yongzhu struggled to survive.

Father Died, Mother Arrested - A Family Broken Up

Wang Wei is 21, his younger brother is 17 and his younger sister Xiaoqin is only 9. They live in Dabaishui Village, Yanzhuang Town, Yuanping City, in Shanxi Province.

Wei's father, Wang Xinming, died of sickness in July 2001. Because she practiced Falun Gong, their mother Qi Qiaozhen, 45 years old, was taken from her home by police from the Yuanping municipal public security bureau on September 30, 2003. Given a 5-year sentence, Wei's mother is now imprisoned in the Yuci female prison.

After Qiaozhen's arrest, a good family was broken up. Unable to maintain a living, Wei had to take his younger brother with him to find temporary jobs in other areas. Currently his younger sister Wang Xiaoqin lives with their 70-year-old grandfather, Wang Huanru.

Shan Jie is Growing Up in Misery

Shan Jie, a 20-year-old youth, lives in Lingyuan, Liaoning Province and has grown up alone without parents to care for him.

Shan Jie's father, Shan Baogui, and mother, Huang Guimei, are Dafa disciples. In October 1999, both of them went to the capital to appeal for Falun Gong. They were arrested for appealing for Falun Dafa in Beijing, and later sent to a labor camp for two years.

In April 2002, Shan Baogui was forced to be destitute and become homeless. His mother was imprisoned in the second detention center at Lingyuan city and later committed to the Lingyuan municipal mental hospital.

Because his parents were persecuted continuously from the time he was fourteen, Shan Jie has grown up in misery. He depends mainly on his grandparents who are both over seventy years old. In September 2004, with the help of other relatives and friends, Shan Jie began his studies at a technical institute.

Information on Shan Jie's parents: Mr. Shan Baogui, 45, born on February 23, 1960, was on staff at Xiangdong Chemical Factory. He was dismissed in 1999 after being illegally put into a labor camp because he practiced Falun Dafa. Ms. Huang Guimei, 44, was born on March 16, 1961 and worked at the scientific research institute of Xiangdong Chemical Factory. She was dismissed from the factory in August 2001.

August 15, 2005