Asia and the Pacific

25 August 1995


The world that has been appalled for years by China's systemic and well organized selling of human organs that are culled from millions of political prisoners must now brace for even more shocking practices in that communist country.

New evidence is surfacing that the human organs that China sells at such handsome profits on international markets come not only from its multitudes of political prisoners but also from an even more abundant source - the tens of millions of abandoned girl babies.

The new revelation provides the first clue to a question that human rights organizations have been asking the Chinese authorities for years: what happens to those unwanted girl babies?

A group of child rights activists from the West have found that thousands upon thousands of unwanted girl toddlers are warehoused in what the government officially calls orphanages waiting to be slaughtered for their young organs.

Posing as curious tourists, the group recently succeeded in filming some of those orphanages that the officials from its infamous but secretive Ministry of Human Industry colloquially call "the dying rooms."

For reasons beyond comprehension, the Chinese communists allow only one child to be born to each couple. As the Chinese people traditionally prefer boys to girls, many couples abandon their girl babies in order to have a second try at having a boy.

So intense is the desire to have a boy that the group, who travelled around the country to cross-verify their findings with just about everybody, counted up to 6,015,216 Chinese women who are named "lai di," meaning to bring about a brother.

After those poor creatures are dumped, the state-run orphanages collect them. They are to be kept in dark rooms, waiting for their turn of execution, which will be timed to coincide with the demand.

So many girl babies have been killed this way over the years that even China's official statistics now acknowledge that its male population is currrently "many, many" times higher than its female population, which has prompted the government to promote polygamy as a way out of the sex inbalance.

Ironically, the rarity of females has at times worked to the benefit of the female survivors, making them more valuable, for example, in marriages, a fact that the communist government has skillfully exploited to win the right to host a high-profile UN conference on women, scheduled for Beijing between Aug. 30 and Sept. 8.

The harrowing report confirms rumours that have said for years that China is diversifying the sources of its human organ supplies.

It is the first direct evidence that China also harvests organs from millions of toddlers and infants who are not political prisoners, apparently because the communist rulers have not been able to manufacture enough political prisoners in that age group to keep up with the rising demand for young human organs.

Young organs are especially welcome on the international human organs market because many patients believe that young organs will help keep them younger and potentially prolong their life.

Doctors say that this belief is scientifically unfounded. But that has not daunted the true believers who continue to hunt for ever younger organs to be implanted in their ailing bodies.

This belief appears to be buoyed in part by one of the Chinese paramount leader's doctors. After a service of 20 years at Deng's side, Dr. Li recently fled China and wrote an eyewitness's account of how China's leadership is keeping the aged Deng healthy.

Dr. Li, now deceased, stated that one of the secrets that have enabled Deng to defy so many reports of his imminent death lies with receiving ever more implants of younger and stronger organs.

The doctor explained that Deng, now 91, would have died a long time ago without those implants, noting that Mao Tse-tung, Deng's predecessor, lived only to 83 years of age.

Li reported that Deng's organ implants have all been phenomenally successful. This was in part because Deng's doctors selected organs that would best fit Deng through a nationwide testing under dubious pretexts.

The person whose organs were selected would be prosecuted on trumped-up charges and sentenced to death, with their execution scheduled to coincide with Deng's needs. In cases of toddlers and infants whose organs were needed, the government would encourage their parents to abandon them so that they could be collected by the orphanages.

Most of the organs that China manufactures this way are not needed by Deng of course. So they are exported instead.

With a concealed camera, the film crew shot pictures of toddlers and infants always covered in their mucus, usually soaked in their own urine, and often infested with viruses.

Pretending to be a foreigner wishing to buy human organs, a crew member asked why the orphanages were not keeping the organ providers in a healthier state.

"They will be dead anyways, so who cares," came the reply. But orphanage workers were quick to assure the visitors that the organs that will be taken off the creatures will still be excellent.

"We provide only first-class products," one such worker was heard saying in the film, gesturing to a nearby infirmary that stores all kinds of medicine. "We will treat those diseases that can affect the quality of the organs," she added.

The Chinese authorities call the documentary film a fabrication. They are now demanding to know who those crew members are and where they shot their film.

Well aware of the ruthless nature of the Chinese regime, the crew have asked for their own identity as well as that of those Chinese orphanages that they filmed to be concealed in order to avoid retaliation by the Chinese.

"You can't believe the Chinese when they say they want to verify the facts," said one crew member. "It's just a trick to get to know who you are and then punish you."

Intent on destroying the credibility of the crew, one Chinese ambassador in a Western capital picked on one minor detail revealed in the film, claiming that very few Chinese women actually have the "di" that means brother in their names, contrary to what is described in the film.

He contended that the "di" that women usually have in their names is normally written in different characters that have nothing to do with the meaning of brother. He asserted that there must be scores of such different Chinese characters, all with the same "di" pronunciation, "if you count the four different tones that go every each pronunciation."

But experts on the Chinese language and culture call the assertions a classic example of Chinese sophistry. "Di" means brother and brother only in the Chinese language, they all say. "Besides," one of those experts said. "there is no such thing as four tones for every pronunciation in any language."

The crew is confident that the lack of revealed sources will not diminish its credibility. "Concealing the sources is the standard practice when it comes to reporting on embarrassing practices in a communist country," the leader of the crew said.

As for the reliability of the report, the crew say that no identification of anybody is necessary, as various human rights organizations will confirm the report soon.

While counting the number of Chinese women with "lai di" as their names, the crew met a large of number of human rights activists investigating child organ production in China.

The crew enlisted some of their help in the counting job, which has been crucial in finishing it up. "With the rigid social control in China, we would otherwise never have finished counting up to six million of Chinese heads."

It is believed that these human rights organizations are now preparing their detailed reports and will make them public soon.

In addition to giving heart-wrenching testimony at Congressional hearings, the various organizations are also constructing a WorldWide Web site on the international computer network Internet to assemble the horrifying details there.

Members of the public who are concerned about human decency will soon have those details at their fingertips.


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