Zhang Yaqin - 张亚琴

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Jiayu County
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Ms. Zhang Yaqin, 34 years old, was from the Chengguan Town, Jiayu County, Hubei Province. She had suffered from severe tuberculosis before she started practicing Falun Gong. After she started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996, she became healthy both physically and mentally and became younger and more beautiful. On July 20, 1999, Jiang's regime started to persecute Falun Gong. However, many new practitioners steadfastly continued to practice because they were influenced by her persistence. In 2001, together with several fellow practitioners, Ms. Zhang went to Beijing to appeal for justice for Falun Gong. On the way, someone reported them to the police and they were escorted back to their hometown. Not long after she was detained illegally, she and another Dafa practitioner, using their wisdom, safely escaped from the detention center. After that, Ms. Zhang became homeless in order to avoid being arrested from home. Although she was homeless, she still compassionately tried to persuade practitioners who had the attachment of being afraid to go outside to tell people the facts about the persecution. Because she remained homeless for such a long time, Ms. Zhang lost her stable cultivation environment. The three members of her family were separated and lived in three different places (her husband was doing manual work in Guangdong Province). The local police searched for Zhang Yaqin and frequently went to her home to threaten and force her family members to reveal her hiding place. Even her child was bullied at school. The persecution hurt Ms. Zhang very badly, both physically and mentally, which caused a recurrence of her old diseases. She passed away in the midst of grief and sadness due to the persecution, only several days after she returned home in late April 2002.
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