Rongrong is my friends' cute and lovely little girl. Rongrong was born in November 1999, and is almost 4 years old. Children at her age are so adorable and innocent; her life deserves joy and happiness. Yet, her life is plagued with an inevitable sorrow that will accompany her for the rest of her days. Her parents were taken from her; one was murdered in cold blood, and the other illegally abducted to a forced labor camp.
Rongrong's father, Zou Songtao, was a compassionate, upright and dignified person. He excelled in his academic studies and work, and held a masters degree in Biology from the University of Haiyoung. On his 24th birthday in 1996, he learned the practice of Falun Gong. While he continued his studies, he provided his family's home as a place for people to learn the practice of Falun Dafa. He was a volunteer in teaching people Dafa and set an example in following the principles of Truth, Compassion and Tolerance. Rongrong was born the same year that Jiang Zemin banned Falun Gong. At this time Zou Songtao was illegally detained in Dashan Police Station in Qingdao and was released one month later. Soon after he was detained again by the Taixi Police Station. The police tried to force him to reveal the whereabouts of other practitioners and to give up his belief in Falun Gong; he refused to comply with them and told those corrupt officers: "Falun Dafa is an upright belief!" Several wicked policemen, including the deputy director of the station, Gong Guoquan, tied him in a chair and violently beat him. He passed out covered with blood and bruises on his body. The perpetrators carried him to a forced labor camp but the camp refused to accept him because of the critical condition he was in after the beating. The policemen then carried him back. After he came to, they sent him to Dashan Detention Center in Qingdao City, where he was severely tortured again.
In July 2000, Zou Songtao was sent to Shandong Province Second Forced Labor Camp without any legal procedures and shortly after he was sent to Zibo City Wangcun Forced Labor Camp in September without his family even being notified. Police took away his visitation rights and prohibited him from receiving clothing and supplies from his family, who were later able to find out where he was being held.
While in Zibo City Wangcun Forced Labor Camp, Under Luo Gan's supervision, Falun Gong practitioners were continuously subjected to brainwashing. Staff at the labor camp deprived practitioners of sleep for days at a time, forced them to watch slanderous propaganda, and physically and mentally tortured them. Vicious policemen, including Team Nine leader, Zhen Wanxin, tied up practitioners and shocked them using more than a dozen electric batons at once. Brutal force-feeding was a regular tactic of the staff there. Painful screams could be heard throughout the labor camp. On November 3, 2000, police brought Zou Songtao into an interrogation room and viciously tortured him for over two hours. He was dead by 11:30am; Zou was 28 years old and his baby daughter Rongrong was only 11 months old.
Rongrong's mother, Zhang Yunhe tried her best to explain to little Rongrong what had happened to her courageous father. Afterwards, Rongrong crawled over and kissed her father's urn.
In May 2001, after being discovered distributing Falun Gong truth clarification material, Yunhe was forced to leave Rongrong and her home to escape the same fate that Zou had suffered. Rongrong's grandparents agreed to look after the little girl; Rongrong was now two and a half years old. For a long time, no one knew Yunhe's whereabouts. Sometime later someone told Yunhe's family that she was being detained in the Dashan Detention Center. Overwhelmed by the grief of losing her beloved son-in-law and the disappearance of her daughter, Rongrong's grandmother passed away in deep depression in August 2001.
Rongrong had lost the three most dear people in her life within two years. How could a four-year-old child bear the pain of losing her father, being separated from mother, and the passing of her grandmother who was so very dear to her? Her world is filled with loneliness, fear, longing, and sorrow. How could a little child bear all of this? How many family tragedies have resulted from this terrifying persecution? How many families are being torn apart? How many good people are suffering? Can kind conscientious world citizens continue to keep silent and allow these vicious people go on persecuting innocent Falun Gong practitioners? Rongrong is only one of the millions of innocent people suffering from Jiang Zemin's persecution of Falun Gong. For the future of countless children like Rongrong, help us bring the head of this orchestrated brutality to justice -- Help Bring Jiang Zemin to justice.