PureInsight | November 29, 2004
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[PureInsight.org] [Editors' Note: Since Jiang Zemin and his henchmen started to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, more than 1121 Falun Gong practitioners are firmed to have died from the persecution as of November 15, 2004. The actual number is significantly higher, however. According to the government's own official internal statistics, the number of practitioners who died after being arrested had reached 1,600 by the end of 2001. The Chinese police illegally ransacked Falun Gong practitioners' homes and looted their personal property. Millions of practitioners have been sent to forced labor camps and prisons where they have been subject to both mental and physical torture. Falun Gong practitioners' children have become victims of the senseless persecution. Some Falun Gong practitioners' children have become homeless after the police abducted their parents. Some have been left to the care of their elderly grandparents who are barely capable of living independently. Some have been illegally detained in prison along with their parents. Some practitioners' children have become homeless orphans after their parents were tortured to death. Falun Gong practitioners who are artists are now revealing to the world with their paintbrushes that innocent children in China are also victims of Jiang Zemin's persecution. They hope their artwork will help raise the world's people's awareness, conscience and their help to end the inhumane persecution against Falun Gong practitioners and their children.]
This painting is based on a true story. The mother and son were arrested in China simply because they practice Falun Gong. Despite the beatings, the boy had no tears, only one question: Why? Why were they being detained? Why were they treated this way?
 Interviews with Artists Featured in the "Uncompromising Courage" Art Exhibit: Oil Painting - "WHY?" (http://www.pureinsight.org/pi/articles/2004/8/9/2464.html)
 Why? (http://www.pureinsight.org/pi/articles/2004/8/9/2465.html)
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2004/11/7/29837.html