Ms. Luo Yanling, a Respected Veteran Chef in Jilin Province, Jailed for Her Faith in Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) Ms. Luo Yanling, a Falun Gong practitioner from Shulan City, Jilin Province, is currently incarcerated in Jilin Province Women’s Prison. The prison has denied family visits.
Ms. Luo was arrested in May 2011 for practicing Falun Gong and clarifying the truth, then sentenced to four years in prison despite Article 35 and 36 of the Chinese Constitution, which guarantees all citizens of China the freedoms of religion and speech.
Ms. Luo started practicing Falun Gong in October 1998. She follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in her daily life, and strives to become a better person. The police often harassed her at home however, and caused her entire family to live in fear. They decided to leave home in July 2006 and flee to southern China to avoid further harassment.
Sentenced to Prison Without Trial and Denied Visitation
Ms. Luo was applying for labor insurance at the Bureau of Labor Insurance in Kunming on May 23, 2011, when she was detained without a warrant or any explanation. The police transferred her to Songjiang Detention Center in Jilin Province and held her for 20 months. Her family was not allowed to visit. When her family tried to visit her in February 2013, they discovered that she had been transferred to Jilin Province Women’s Prison.
It was reported that Ms. Luo had been sentenced to a four-year prison term without trial while she was incarcerated in the detention center. Her family received no notice from the court. The warden told them they could not see her until she renounced Falun Gong. The warden also informed the family that Ms. Luo had uterine fibroids, which she did not have before she was imprisoned.
A Kind Person
Ms. Luo was a chef at the Qunling Forestry canteen in Shulan City, Jilin Province. She was known as a nice, hard-working, and thoughtful employee during her eight years of service there, and she was very popular and respected. Her managers had repeatedly asked her not to retire. Ms. Luo would have worked there for 16 years if it had not been for the persecution that forced her to flee home and avoid further persecution. The following are a few stories told by her coworkers and family.
In the winter of 2000 when Ms. Luo was about to leave work, she saw a group of coworkers surrounding an older lady in the security room. Her name was Tian, a 76-year-old lady from a rural area who was going to visit her son in Shulan City. It was almost dark when she realized she had taken the wrong bus. She was alone and lost on a cold winter night in a strange city. She was very anxious because she had no place to stay and did not know anyone. Ms. Luo immediately offered to take her home. She made her a hot bowl of noodles and gave her a warm bed. The next day she bought a bus ticket for the lady and took her to her son in person. They repeatedly thanked Ms. Luo for her kindness and generosity.
There was a change of management in early 2004, and Ms. Luo began to manage the guesthouse in addition to the kitchen. She had received about 200 yuan in cash from the guesthouse for which there was no receipt. When she submitted the money to the accounting department, they suggested that she keep it since there was no receipt. They called her an honest fool, yet she insisted on submitting the money to the accounting department.
Ms. Luo found 100 yuan at work in late 2004. She went from room to room to find the owner, but no one claimed the money. Everyone told her to keep the money, but she managed to find the owner three weeks later. It was a regular lumber buyer, and she returned all the money to him.
In the fall of 2005, Ms. Luo took her children to go hiking and wild mushroom hunting. They found 40 yuan in a bush. When she returned to work, she asked around to see if anyone had lost money, but no one came forward. After four weeks, she was on her way home when she overheard a group of women discussing someone losing money on a wild mushroom hunt. She approached them and found the woman who had lost the money, and returned it.
Everyone was in the canteen waiting for lunch one day in May 2006 when a hose running to a propane tank suddenly began leaking and caught fire. Smoke and a foul odor filled the air. Everyone was stunned. Someone shouted, “Run! The propane tank is about to explode!” Everyone started to run for the door.
Ms. Luo was returning to the canteen when she saw what was going on. She ran to the propane tank, turned it off, disconnected the line, and prevented an explosion. It was a close call. If the propane tank had exploded, it would have blown up the entire canteen and injured many people. She had risked her own life to save others.
Ms. Luo traveled to her hometown in 2008 to look after her husband's godmother, who was 80 years old and bedridden due to heart disease. The elderly lady lived with her second son while her other children lived far away. Ms. Luo waited on her hand and foot. She shampooed her hair, washed her face, trimmed her nails, chatted with her, gave her her medication, and made four meals a day for her. She nursed her until she was completely healthy and able to look after herself.
The lady told everyone that, although Ms. Luo was just the wife of her godson and not a blood relative, she was much more devoted to her than any of her children. She kept asking for Ms. Luo on her death bed, but she did not get to see her before she passed away in October 2012. Ms. Luo was not able to make it because she was incarcerated in prison for her faith in Falun Gong.
The Chinese Communist regime has violated the Chinese Constitution since July 1999, sentencing tens of thousands of its Chinese citizens to prisons and forced labor camps for their belief in Falun Gong and for speaking out for it. Mounting evidence shows that Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs, which are sold for enormous profits. Please visit http://en.minghui.org for detailed reports.