Chinese Valentine’s Day: We Saved This Baby Girl from being “Given Away.”

“Ming Mei” (Her name has been changed to protect her identity)

August 25th is the Qixi Festival — China’s Valentine’s Day — an important day for young Chinese girls.  Will you “Save a Girl” – a girl like Ming Mei — for China’s Valentine’s Day?

Look at beautiful baby Ming Mei! She may never know that because she is an illegal third child of a very poor family, her mother was planning to “give her away.”

Ming Mei’s parents already had two children – the limit under the Two-Child Policy – when Ming Mei was born.  They did not intend to have a third, but her mother got pregnant by accident.  If they wanted to, the Family Planning Officials could impose a large fine on the family.

Ming Mei’s mother is a Christian and believes that children are a gift from God. 

Ming Mei’s father is the only healthy man in his family.  He is a truck driver, transporting vegetables to market.  The coronavirus shut down his business and he had not worked for five months when Ming Mei was born.  His younger brother has epilepsy, and his father has been bedridden for two years.  Ming Mei’s father was responsible to care for them by himself. In addition, he is supporting his wife and two children.  Ming Mei, a third child, was more than her family could bear financially. 

 Ming Mei’s mother did not know what to do.  She loved Ming Mei but could not afford a third child.  With a heavy heart, she planned to give Ming Mei away, because of the severe poverty in her family. 

Thankfully, our Fieldworker learned about Ming Mei’s family and went to see them.  She congratulated Ming Mei’s mother on her beautiful, newborn daughter, saying “Girls are as good as boys.”  She offered the family a monthly stipend of $25 for a year to help them keep Ming Mei.

When Ming Mei’s mother heard that with our help, she could keep Ming Mei, she began to cry, saying that our helping hand was building up her faith.

This Chinese Valentine’s Day, will you show love for a girl child and become a GirlSaver? 

Any donation is welcome, including a one-time donation. But would you consider becoming a monthly donor, a “GirlSaver?” For only $25 per month or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Ming Mei, who might not be alive if one of our undercover fieldworkers had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are just as special as boys. Because of your generosity, we can continue to save girls in China.

Learn more about our Save a Girl Campaign:

http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=end-gendercide-and-forced-abortion

Donate here: 
http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give 

YES, I WANT TO HELP END GENDERCIDE AND FORCED ABORTION IN CHINA!

Your donation enables WRWF to continue to be a voice for the voiceless women and children of China. This huge effort comes at a cost. We need your support. Please give as generously as you can. Every donation makes a difference! Thank you for your generosity!

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Sexual Slavery and China’s One Child Policy: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

iStockphoto credit: spukkato

Seng Moon, from Myanmar’s Kachin State, was lured by her sister-in-law to go to China for a well paying job as a cook.  In the car, her sister-in-law gave her something she said was for motion sickness.  When Seng Moon woke up in China, her hands were tied behind her back.  After several months, she was moved to a Chinese family where she was tied up in a room for another one to two months.  “Each time when the Chinese man brought me meals, he raped me,” she said. “After two months, they dragged me out of the room.  The father of the Chinese man said, ‘Here is your husband. Now you are a married couple.’” Seng Moon soon gave birth to a son. When she asked to return home, the husband said, “No one plans to stop you. If you want to go back home, you can. But you can’t take my baby.”

Through determination and luck, she was able to escape her captors and return to Myanmar, with her son. They hide in a camp for Internally Displaced Persons.  Her horrific experience of being a forced bride will never leave her.  She says, “I’m afraid the Chinese family will try to find me.”    All this, according to a detailed and devastating report by Human Rights Watch:  “Give Us a Baby and We’ll Let You Go.”

July 30 marked World Day against Trafficking in Persons.  The State Department’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report, lists China as one of the world’s worst offenders. China is a “Tier 3” Nation – a status it shares with North Korea and South Sudan. 

According to the TIP report, China trafficks women and girls from within China, from the surrounding countries, and from as far away as Africa for “forced concubinism leading to forced childbearing and sex trafficking via forced and fraudulent marriage to Chinese men.”  Not only is China an insatiable market for sexual slavery, but China also is a major purveyor of sexual slavery around the world:  “Traffickers subject PRC national men, women and children to forced labor and sex trafficking in at least 60 other countries.”

All too often, these crimes are committed with the assistance of Chinese officials:  “Despite continued reports of law enforcement officials benefiting from, permitting, or directly facilitating sex trafficking and forced labor, the government did not report any investigations, prosecutions or convictions of law enforcement officials allegedly involved in the crime.”

Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “The reports of sexual slavery in China are heartbreaking.  They are the inexorable legacy of the One Child Policy.  Because of the fatal combination of son preference with a coercive low birth limit, baby girls have been selectively aborted, abandoned, and medically neglected to the extent that there are now 30 to 40 million more males living in China than females.  The resulting collapse in the marriage market is perhaps the reason the Chinese government turns a blind eye to sex trafficking – and in some instances, even facilitates it.

Littlejohn continued: “We cannot forget the tremendous atrocities the CCP is committing against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorites in Xinjiang, also known as East Turkistan, including forced labor, forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.  We call upon the Chinese government immediately to prosecute officials who are colluding with sex traffickers, to stop prosecuting victims of sex trafficking as criminals, to end all coercive population control, and to take effective measures to protect the lives of baby girls.  We also call upon them to end their heinous crimes against the Uyghurs.”

Learn more about our Save a Girl Campaign in China.

Watch a video about our Save a Girl Campaign in China.

Related Links

Human Rights Watch: Give Us a Baby and We’ll Let You go

https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/03/21/give-us-baby-and-well-let-you-go/trafficking-kachin-brides-myanmar-china

State Department, 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

https://www.state.gov/trafficking-in-persons-report-2020/

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Reggie’s Interview with Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk – Part 2 of 2

Dr. James Dobson interviews Reggie.  Credit:  Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk Radio

Dear Friend,

I am grateful to Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk for interviewing me about our work “Saving Women in China.”  The conversation was so rich that one interview became two.  In this second interview, we discuss in detail our “Save a Girl” campaign in which we are saving baby girls in China from sex-selective abortion, abandonment and grinding poverty.  We talk about our “Save a Widow” campaign, in which we are reaching out to support destitute, abandoned widows in rural China.  We speak about the two girls we rescued from China at ages 10 and 19, the daughters of a persecuted dissident.  The younger one we are raising in our own home.  And we speak about the faith that gives me, and our fieldworkers in China, the strength to carry out this work. Click HERE to listen to a powerful interview!

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China is Forcibly Aborting and Sterilizing Hundreds of Thousands in Xinjiang

Uyghur women attending the livestock market (2017).  (iStockphoto-Credit: rweisswald)

Gulnar Omirzakh is the impoverished wife of a detained vegetable trader.  After the birth of their third child, the Chinese government ordered her to get an IUD.  She complied.  Nevertheless, two years later, four military officials came to her door and gave her three days to pay a fine of $2,685 for having more than two children.  If she could not pay, she would join her husband and a million others, locked in internment camps for having “too many children.”

“God bequeaths children on you.  To prevent people from having children is wrong,” said Omirzakh, an ethnic minority Kazakh.  “They [the Chinese Communist government] want to destroy us as a people,” she stated, according to a compelling, investigative report by the Associated Press.

The Chinese Communist Party regards Omirzakh and people who share her views as religious extremists.  CCP-backed scholars have identified “as a key obstacle [to the CCP’s goals in Xinjiang] the religious belief that ‘the fetus is a gift from God,’” according the AP Report. The CCP locks up these religious believers, mostly Muslim, in internment camps, where they will receive political and religious re-education, in an attempt “to purge them of their faith.”

“The state [Chinese government] regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forced intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands,” the AP Report continues.  

“Hundreds of thousands might be an understatement, because there are 15 million Turkic minorities in Xinjiang,” said German researcher Adrian Zenz, according to an ABC News analysis.  Zenz released his own, heavily documented investigative report this week, published by the Jamestown Foundation think tank.

At the same time as it is forcibly aborting, sterilizing and detaining the Uyghur and Kazakh population, the CCP is encouraging births among the Han Chinese, including Han Chinese who have settled in Xinjiang.  This practice may amount to “Han settler colonialism” or even cultural and ethnic genocide. 

According to some of the ex-detainees interviewed by the AP:

·      Women were given repeated health examinations in the internment camps.  If they were found pregnant, they were forced to abort. 

·      A pregnant woman disappeared from the camp. 

·      Two others, terrified of the consequences of being pregnant in the camp, “got rid of their children on their own.”  

·      Another witness saw “a new mother, still leaking breast milk, who did not know what had happened to her infant.”

Forced sterilizations are also common:

Another former detainee said she was injected until she stopped having her period, and kicked repeatedly in the lower stomach during interrogations.  She now can’t have children and often doubles over in pain, bleeding from her womb.

Those who have too many children are not only interned in camps, but their children can be taken away and placed in an orphanage.

Regarding forced sterilization, the Zenz Report states:  “In 2018, 80 percent of all new IUD placements in China were performed in Xinjiang, despite the fact that the region only makes up 1.8 percent of the nation’s population.”

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “The CCP’s brutal use of forced abortion, involuntary sterilization and internment of families who have ‘too many children’ is shocking, heartbreaking, and outrageous.  The targeting of those who believe that children are a gift from God constitutes religious persecution as well.  No legitimate government would perpetrate such monstrous barbarism. 

Littlejohn continued, “These reports demonstrate conclusively what I have been saying for years:  coercive population control has continued under the Two Child Policy.  What happened to the Han Chinese under the One Child Policy is happening to the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang now.  I believe these atrocities constitute both genocide and crimes against humanity. 

“The CCP must be held accountable,” Littlejohn said.  “We applaud Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s swift condemnation of these abhorrent practices and join in his demand that the CCP end these horrific practices in Xinjiang.  We also demand the end of all coercive population control in China.  Forced abortion and sterilization constitute savage violence against women.”

Littlejohn urged readers to take action by signing a petition against forced abortion and watching a short video about forced abortion in China under the One Child Policy, since the same level of violence is now being used against the Uyghurs:  Stop Forced Abortion, China’s War on Women.

Related Links

China forces birth control on Uighurs to suppress population

https://apnews.com/e2674c069d46f6d5c9a3d3be40d612d4

Sterilizations, IUDs, and Mandatory Birth Control:  The CCP’s Campaign to Suppress Uyghur Birthrates in Xinjiang.  Adrian Zenz, The Jamestown Foundation.  June, 2020

https://jamestown.org/product/sterilizations-iuds-and-mandatory-birth-control-the-ccps-campaign-to-suppress-uyghur-birthrates-in-xinjiang/

On China’s Coercive Family Planning and Forced Sterilization Program in Xinjiang.  Press statement, State Dept. June 29, 2020

https://www.state.gov/on-chinas-coercive-family-planning-and-forced-sterilization-program-in-xinjiang/

China imposes forced abortion, sterilization on Uyghurs, investigation shows

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-30/china-forces-birth-control-on-uyghurs-to-suppress-population/12404912

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Reggie Interviewed by Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk – Part 1 of 2

Reggie with Dr. James Dobson (Credit: Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk)

Dear Friend,

I am grateful to Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk for interviewing me about our work “Saving Women in China.”  The conversation was so rich that one interview became two.  This first interview is very personal, in which we speak about my faith journey from being an atheist to faithful Christian.  I speak about, as an attorney, how my first asylum client was forcibly sterilized in China — without anesthetic! – and about how a serious illness that left me disabled for years was the key to turning me from a materialistic life as a litigator to using all those legal skills to advocate on behalf of the women and babies of China.  Click HERE to listen to a powerful interview!

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INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS DAY – CHINA TRIES TO FORCE WIDOW TO RENOUNCE HER FAITH

One of many widows helped by our “Save a Widow” campaign

A Catholic widow in Fuzhou city, Jiangxi province, has had her pension revoked because she refused to renounce her faith.

According to a report in Bitter Winter, the elderly woman had been receiving a small subsidy since her husband died in 2018.  At the end of 2019, local officials threatened that her subsidy would be stopped unless she would remove images of Jesus from her home.  “Because the Communist Party feeds you, you must only believe in it, not God,” they told her.  When she refused to remove the images of Jesus, they canceled her subsidy.  “It has become difficult to maintain belief in God because of religious persecution,” she told Bitter Winter.  

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “It is a heartbreak and an outrage that widows and other elderly are forced to renounce their faith in order to receive stipends.  For many, they may need these funds to survive.  It a pathetic act of cowardice to force desperate widows to choose between their survival and their God.   This widow, who refused to renounce her faith potentially in the face of abject poverty, is heroic.

“This form of religious persecution,” Littlejohn continued, “is on the rise in the area of China where we have our Save a Widow Campaign.  I was just informed that in our area, a government official has instructed our widows to stay home on Sundays and not to go to church.  He also ridiculed Jesus, saying, ‘The Chinese government gives you 160 RMB (about $23).  How much money does Jesus Christ give you?’

“Fortunately for the widows in our area, they have a ready answer,” Littlejohn added.  “Our fieldworkers bring love and compassion to widows, along with practical help: a $25 monthly stipend that makes a huge difference in their lives, providing food and warmth.  Our fieldworkers encourage these widows in their faith, and many have found new hope that there is a God who loves them.”

China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide. The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China. In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly. Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows. And the sad solution for many is to end their lives.  “We are extending a lifeline to abandoned widows, who are eternally grateful for the help,” Littlejohn said.

To watch our powerful “Save a Widow” video, click HERE. 


To learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign, click HERE.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is helping desperate widows in China.  Our fieldworkers visits them every month to let them know that we care for then, even if everyone else has abandoned them.  With our help, they knows they are loved.  With the $25 a month we give them, they have the funds to eat better and perhaps can heat her little room in the winter. 

Will you help abandoned widows in China?

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U.S. Enacts Law Slamming China on Human Rights Abuses


Uyghur women wearing traditional attire.  Istockphoto credit:  reisswald

Last Wednesday, President Trump signed into law the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.  The Uyghurs (pronounced WEE-gurs) are an ethnic and religious minority living in the East Turkistan (referred to as Xinjiang) area of China.  Credible reports have emerged that the Chinese Communist Party has been committing egregious human rights atrocities against the Uyghurs:  detaining one to three million in internment camps, raping and forcibly sterilizing women, forcing women to marry Han Chinese men, subjecting men and women to intense religious persecution.  The Act received overwhelming bi-partisan support.  Read this article for my further comments:

Trump Signs Law to Halt China’s Egregious Human Rights Abuses

I hope that other nations will join the U.S. in condemning the CCP for its horrendous abuses.  

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Tiananmen Square June 4 – China is the Greatest Mass Murderer in Human History


Reggie Littlejohn Addresses the 30th Anniversary Tiananmen Commemoration Rally on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, June 4, 2019

Dear Friends,

I was honored to be among the speakers at the June 4 Rally on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol in 2019.  There will be no Rally in DC this year, because of the coronavirus.  More important, for the first time in 30 years, the Chinese Communist Party will not allow the annual June 4 candlelight vigil in Hong Kong. Chinese Government sources say that they are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.  Critics say that the Chinese government is using the pandemic as an excuse to stop the vigil.

Below is the link to my speech, which is equally true this year as it was last year.  I said that the Chinese Communist Party is still brutally crushing innocent people, through the One Child, now Two Child Policy.  The CCP is the greatest mass murderer in the history of the world! 

Watch Reggie’s short but powerful speech here.

And now, they are crushing dissent in Hong Kong as well.  Could Hong Kong become another Tiananmen?  I hope and pray that it will not.  If, however, the Chinese Communist Party feels that it is fighting for its survival, there is no telling what it might do. A top Chinese general recently threatened that China will attack Taiwan to stop independence. If this brutal regime is willing to attack Taiwan to stop independence, why would we imagine that it would not be willing to do so to Hong Kong?

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OPEN LETTER: Hold China Accountable for Crushing Dissent in Hong Kong

Kowloon, Hong Kong – October 20, 2019: A group of Hong Kong police carry weapon and shields during the demonstration, protest in Hong Kong, China. (istockphoto/credit: Nikada)

To President Trump, the United States Congress and the United Nations:

A peaceful and prosperous Hong Kong poses an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative that Chinese people cannot thrive under freedom and democracy.  The CCP has circumvented the rule of law by issuing a National Security Law that would crush all dissent in Hong Kong. 

We call upon President Trump, the United States Congress, the United Nations, and governments of free nations all over the world, to set aside all political differences and continue to take bold action to hold China accountable for its hubris.   We commend President Trump’s promise to end Hong Kong’s trading privileges, as well as the joint statement issued by the governments of the United States, UK, Australia and Canada, condemning China’s violation of the “one country, two systems” policy promised in the 1997 transfer of power from British to Chinese rule.

When Britain agreed to return Hong Kong to China in 1997, China agreed to afford Hong Kong protection of a “high degree of autonomy” in government, law and finances for 50 years, until 2047.   Abrogating this autonomy, the National People’s Congress (NPC) has passed a law bypassing Hong Kong’s own Legislative Council.   The CCP-owned China Daily stated that the new law is intended to “prevent, frustrate and punish any secessionist or subversive activity, the organizing of terrorist acts, and other acts that seriously threaten national security as well as activities of foreign and external interference in Hong Kong.”  Indeed, according to a top CCP official quoted in China Daily, its intent is merely “to protect Hong Kong residents from the criminal acts of a small number of extremists.” 

In practice, however, this law can be used to crush free speech, criticism, protest and dissent.   Countless Chinese dissidents have been jailed on groundless charges of “subversion,” including Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who in 2009 was sentenced to 11 years in prison for calling for democratic reform.  He died while serving his sentence. Hong Kong activists rightly fear that this new law will render dissent, or even political discourse, a criminal offense.  It represents the end of “one country, two systems.”  

Equally worrisome, the new law implies that security forces from mainland China, such as the Ministry of State Security, will be set up in Hong Kong.  According to a second article in China Daily,  “The NPC draft decision has also stipulated that organs of national security of the central government will set up agencies in Hong Kong, whose operation will be according to law.” The people of Hong Kong mounted massive protests to prevent extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China.  Now, the dreaded national security apparatus of mainland China will take residence in Hong Kong.

We stand with the people of Hong Kong, who have suffered so terribly in their struggle to maintain the autonomy promised them.  We commend the actions the U.S. government has already taken to disengage economically from the PRC, including the May 27 declaration that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous, and President Trump’s announcement that the US will end Hong Kong’s trade privileges. These tragic actions should be blamed on the CCP, whose shameless maneuvers and raw power grabs have brought us to this point. 

The global community needs to protect international security and economic interests.  On the table should be various economic and financial sanctions, such as those recommended by the Committee on the Present Danger:  China. In addition, we need to hold individuals accountable through the Global Magnitsky Act. 

We also need to increase our commitment to the people of Taiwan, especially in light of the ominous statement by a top Chinese general that China will attack Taiwan to stop independence.  Hong Kong now, Taiwan next?

Taiwan is opening its arms to Hong Kong citizens who want to resettle in the face of the tightening grip of the CCP.   We call upon the United States and governments the world over to do the same.

While our two organizations advocate for women’s rights, we note that half of the people of Hong Kong are female, including many brave protesters.  Our organizations will, as always, do our part to assist women and children persecuted by China’s authoritarian regime.

Reggie Littlejohn, Founder and President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Jing Zhang, Founder and President, Women’s Rights in China

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Int’l Day of the Girl Child – Chinese Baby Girl Saved

Keai Was Saved from Abortion by our Save a Girl Campaign
We helped Keai’s mother resist pressure to abort her.

As the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, girl babies in China are still at risk, due to deadly son preference.  According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million girls are missing in the world today, victims of gendercide.  Will you help us save baby girls in China – girls like Keai?
Keai is alive today because our “Save a Girl” campaign saved her from abortion.  She is the first child in her family.  Usually the first child is welcomed and loved.  But in Keai ’s family the situation was very different.  Her great-grandmother passed away last year from cancer.  Medical care used up the family’s savings.  Then her great-grandfather got sick, and so did her paternal grandparents.  All this illness placed a huge financial burden on Keai’s parents.

When Keai ’s mom got pregnant, her husband and in-laws all felt that it was not a good time for a child.  They put great pressure on Keai ’s mom to abort.  This was a nightmare for Keai ’s mom, because she was determined to give birth.  Keai’s mother hoped that Keai would be a boy, so that her father and in-laws would accept her.  Luckily for both Keai  and her mom, a fieldworker from WRWF heard about this situation and came to their door with a message of hope.  “Girls are as good as boys,” she said, and she offered monthly support for a year for Keai ’s mom to bring Keai  to birth.  Keai ’s life was saved, and her mom was so happy that she named her new daughter “Keai” which means “loved.”  She said: “My daughter is loved by someone in a far-away land, even if she is not loved by her own family.” 

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver”!

Won’t you help us save more girls like Keai?   We have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or abandoned just because they are girls.  Some baby girls are born to families so poor that their health is at risk.  Each one of these girls is infinitely precious.  Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give

You can give a one-time donation in any amount.  Or $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Keai, who would likely not be alive if one of our undercover fieldworkers had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

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