The last time Xiaodan Wang saw her red sweater she was watching CNN as her father was sentenced to 16 years in prison. It was Xiaodan’s first glimpse of Zhiwen Wang in over six months, but there was no mistaking her sweater even for a moment. The bright color, a piece of clothing taken from his home hurriedly by family members after police took him from his bed on July 20, 1999, was peeking out from underneath a borrowed jacket.
Mr. Ma Guifeng is a 47-year old Falun Dafa practitioner living in Chengguan Town, Jing County, Hebei Province. He is currently detained in Hebei Province Fourth Prison. His life is now in grave danger. His blood pressure is 240/170. His cardio valve broke and his had fundus arteriolosclerosis. He cannot see or hear. His family requested to have him bail out on medical treatment, but was denied.
Ms. Guo Fenglan, 64, lives in Shuangcheng City. Due to more than three years of persecution while "illegally imprisoned" at Harbin City Women's Prison, her body has become extremely weak and emaciated. Medical examiners stated that she has a brain blood vessel blockage, hypertension and high blood pressure, with a upper index of 200 and a lower index of 180. Despite her condition, prison administrators have still not released her. Recently Ms. Guo has suffered a relapse of edema, causing her belly to become overstretched. She cannot eat and her stools are dry. If she is not released in time, it is very possible that her struggles to have a bowel movement could cause her death. Despite this, the warden and instructor of Harbin Women's Prison still force Ms. Guo Fenglan to sit as usual in a fixed posture for extended periods of time every day.
Mr. Qi Zhengui, 69, lived in Hengshui City, Hebei Province. He used to have many ailments before he started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996, but he recovered soon afterwards. He went to Beijing to clarify the truth after the persecution began, but he was arrested. He was first detained in the North Hengshui City Detention Center and then transferred to the South City Detention Center.
Ms. Li Zhi was a music teacher at the Wujiashan Fourth Middle School in Dongxihu District, Wuhan City, Hubei Province. She used to have a lung disease, but after she started practicing Falun Dafa in March 1999, her disease disappeared, and she benefited tremendously in other ways too. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999, her school leaders demanded she write a guarantee statement that she would stop practicing Falun Dafa. Under enormous pressure, Ms. Li Zhi wrote the statement. Later, she very much regretted doing so and went to Beijing to appeal to the central government for justice for Falun Dafa.
Ms. Liu Renling was an employee at Muping Fabric Factory in Shandong Province and had a happy family. Since the Chinese Communist Party began to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, more than a dozen practitioners at Muping Fabric Factory have been dismissed or sent to forced labor camps. Among those persecuted were Ms. Liu Renling and her family.
The death bed, a torture method originating from Jilin Prison, is frequently used to torture imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners at the Jilin Prison and Jilin Province Women's Prison, also known as Heizuizi Women's Prison, in Changchun City. Similar to the ancient, cruel punishment of being drawn and quartered, many Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death this way.