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21st Century Holocaust

21st Century Holocaust


Carly Andrews - published on 08/08/13

Millions of lives are being systematically exterminated in a land that has forgotten what it means to be a human person

Do you remember the Holocaust?

We all remember it. We all shudder when we see the photos or hear the stories. It is taught in the classrooms and commemorated each year. The terrible hair-raising cautions are passed from one generation to the next. “We must never let it happen again” whisper our grandparents in our ears.

Yet it is happening, now.

In the land where there is no such thing as a free and dignified human person, millions of lives are being exterminated in the most unthinkable ways: chopped up, injected with poison, drowned, suffocated, stabbed: it is a systematic genocide escalating on all fronts.

Welcome to CHINA.

Oh yes, we’ve heard it all before and perhaps that’s the problem, perhaps we’ve become desensitized to the whole thing: this or that woman in a country far, far away has been killed and her child forcibly aborted; yes, yes it’s all very sad but what can I do about it? and then I remember that I have to pick up milk from the supermarket…

…But while we go on with our busy lives, letting someone else worry about it all, something very dangerous is happening and it’s spreading through China like an unstoppable disease; the most dangerous of all weapons: an idea – a terrible one – the idea that human life is disposable, that the collective state is the only real identity and that the individual person is of no consequence or importance.

It is the same ominous idea that has reverberated through the darkest hours of history, it lies at the heart of every brutal dictatorship, every act of genocide and encompasses the soul of every sickened leader who has succumbed to the abyss of evil.

Meet Shen Hongxia. She’s dead. She was murdered by Chinese “Family Planning Police”.

Despite being warned by a doctor at Tongshan County that due to her health, sterilizing Shen could put her in grave peril, the local Family Planning Officers with no regards for her life, dragged her off to a clinic and forcibly sterilized her to avoid an “illegal pregnancy.” Shen died at 42, leaving behind her husband and two small children, one of whom is just two years old.

Now meet Mr. Xu Shuaishuai. He’s dead too. He was stabbed to death by a Family Planning Official in Linyi City, Shandong, when he tried to protect his father from being beaten. The officials went to Xu’s home to seize his sister and force her to be sterilized. When they couldn’t find her they attacked the father and when Xu intervened, one of the officials stabbed him twice in the heart.

Xu died on route to hospital.   

There was no apology given to Xu’s family and noone was charged or even arrested for the murder. The news agencies refused to report it.

Now we head over to Guying Town, China.Wang Liping was 23 and in love. She couldn’t finalize her marriage procedure due to her poverty, but she and her almost-husband conceived a much wanted child. The whole family was overjoyed at the news.

When she was 7 months pregnant she was stopped by officials on the street, “they asked me to go with them” she explains, “they told me they were from Guying Population and Family Planning Office when I asked who they were. However, they didn’t show me their badges.”

When she refused to get into a car with them, they beat her and dragged her away to the hospital. It was nighttime when they forced an induced labor upon her without her consent and without conducting any preliminary examinations of her health.

“At that time I was crying out loud for help and those people beat me up” she recalls. “They and some doctors and nurses pushed me onto the ground and took my pants off. Then they injected some medicine at my fetus’ location in my belly, and then they roped me to a sickbed. I could not resist this and nobody came to help me.”

She continues “When they injected medicine began to take effect, I had great pain in my belly. At 3:00 a.m., on April 2nd, my almost-fully-developed child was born. My child even mournfully cried for some minutes, and later the crying ceased. I cried out for help for a long time until a yawning nurse came and shouted at me:  “No more crying!” I said: ‘Please take a look at my baby.’ That nurse took a glance and said it was dead and then put my baby beside me.”

“I fainted on hearing this tragic news. When I woke up in the morning, there was a doctor standing by my bed and asked for money to ‘get rid of the fetus’ body.’ I said I had no money and so they just used a plastic bag to wrap my baby and put it beside me.”

“I could not imagine that this brutal and bloody behavior could happen in the civilized 21st century.”

The accounts could go on indefinitely, with ever more graphic narratives, but simply telling the story is not enough. We must take a stand against this tyrannical government.

One organisation is doing just that.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers(WRWF) is a non-profit, non-partisan international coalition to combat forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China. They work tirelessly to end China’s genocide and to obtain basic rights for Chinese women.

They have lodged a formal complaint to the UNCSW (United Commission on the Status of Women) against the Chinese government and their “coercive enforcement” of the One Child Policy.

The complaint brings to light some of the atrocities that have really been happening in this country (read full complaint here). It is a brutal, sorry tale of murder and complete disregard for the dignity of life. Women are forced to have abortions, to undergo sterility procedures where many of them are killed in the process, not to mention all the babies who are born alive and disposed of in the most gruesome ways.

The complaint reveals the shocking statistics of gendercide in China “which has claimed up to 200 million lives of girls selected for abortion solely because they are girls,” not to mention the 336 million abortions, 196 million sterilizations, and 403 million insertions of intrauterine devices that have taken place under this communist government. 

According to the document there is also a connection between “China’s One Child Policy and sexual slavery, as well as a recent study finding that multiple abortions lead to low birth weight and an increased risk of death to children born in subsequent pregnancies.”

The Complaint appeals to the UNCSW to investigate particularly the United Nations Population Fund, “which was found to be complicit with coercive family planning by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.”

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of WRWF states:  “The mayhem caused by China’s One Child Policy continues unabated.  Forced abortion is Official Government Rape.  Not only women, but also men and children have been maimed and killed under the policy.  The report recounts a grim case of suicide, which graphically demonstrates why China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.”

She continues: “We are dismayed that on January 14, 2013, Wang Xia, the Chair of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, stated that China ‘must unwaveringly adhere to the One Child Policy as a national policy to stabilize the low birth rate as the primary task.’  We call upon the Chinese Communist Party immediately to stop coercive family planning; and we call upon members of the international community to urge them to do so.”

It’s time to end this inhumanity.

In answer to the question “What can I do about it?”  You can join Reggie in raising your voice, in making a stand against China’s leaders. The genocide must end. The One Child Policy must end. The Family Planning Police must be stopped. And finally, the idea must be extinguished –  the idea that human life is disposable, that human dignity is non-existent – we must change the hearts and minds of the Chinese government and attempt to do as WRWF does: help one precious life at a time. 

Make your stand. Don’t wash your hands; before it’s too late.

Sign a petition against forced abortion in China here

Contact the UNCSW

Learn more about the work of WRWF here

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