"I Held My Parents' Photos, Cried and Cried until I Fell Asleep" 「我抱著父母的照片 一直哭到睡著過去」
"I held my parents' photos, cried and cried until I fell asleep."
This was the most heart-wrenching sentence I heard during yesterday's refugee application interview of a young fellow Falun Gong practitioner. Both her parents were arrested and detained in 1999, and she was left home alone as a 10 year old little girl.
She was very calm when she said this, but I had a very hard time trying to hold back my tears. As a translator for this interview, I knew I had to stay calm and "neutral". So I finally did hold my tears.
She reminded me of my own daughter, who was three years younger. When I was arrested for the first time in 1999, also for practicing Falun Gong, my daughter was only 7 years old.
It is very hard to know how many kids have suffered unspeakable pain because of the persecution of Falun Gong, nor is it possible to "calculate" to what extent they have suffered.
How evil, and how unnecessary this persecution has been!