Mr. Chen Teng
Chen Teng recounted, “My mother was arrested six times. I was expelled from school when I was just twelve, and I have never been able to go back. I have not seen my mother in five years.”
20-year-old Chen Teng is from Weifang City, Shandong Province. He started to practice Falun Dafa when he was 7 years old together with his mother.
After the persecution of Falun Gong began, his mother, Ms. Sun Xiaomei, was arrested six times. His aunt and grandmother, who also practiced Falun Dafa, were persecuted to death on the onset of persecution.
(Note: The persecution in Weifang City is known to have been particularly notorious. According to Chen, at least 97 practitioners have died during the persecution in his hometown of Weifang. In 2008, 162 practitioners in Weifang were arrested and sentenced to prison.)
Chen himself was detained twice when he was 11 and expelled from school when he was 12. The year after, he had to leave his home to avoid persecution. In the next six years, he led a largely homeless life, sleeping outside and sustaining himself with whatever food he could find.
Chen was then able to flee to Thailand and receive refugee status from the UN. He was later granted residency in the United States in 2009.
Although Chen is free, he reminds us that the persecution continues to devastate countless families in China.
Chen said, “All of my suffering is a just a drop in the ocean. Hundreds of thousands of children of Falun Dafa practitioners were deprived of their childhoods and families. We couldn’t attend school and we lost family members… I hope that the persecution will soon end and we can reunite with our parents.”
Based on an original report form Minghui.org