Name: Wang Yudong
Chinese Name: 王宇东
Gender: Male
Age: 51
City: Qiqihar
Province: Heilongjiang
Occupation: Chef and chess referee
Date of Death: April 9, 2023
Date of Most Recent Arrest: March 21, 2017
Most Recent Place of Detention: Fengtun Prison

Mr. Wang Yudong

Having lost her mother in July 2022, a six-year-old girl Lily (alias) recently became an orphan when her father also died in April 2023.

Even before she was born, Lily’s suffering had already started in her mother’s womb. Not knowing she was pregnant, Ms. Zhu Xiumin held a five-month-long hunger strike to protest the arbitrary detention and torture of her for practicing Falun Gong. It was a miracle that her pregnancy remained viable throughout her ordeals and she delivered her baby Lily on December 8, 2017.

Only six days after her birthday, Lily’s father, Mr. Wang Yudong, was sentenced to three years for his faith in Falun Gong. Ms. Zhu struggled to care for Lily all by herself while dodging police harassment.

When Mr. Wang was released in March 2020, he struggled with mobility and speech impairment due to a stroke he had in prison. With continued police harassment, the family still couldn’t stay together. Ms. Zhu took Lily back home in 2021 to live with Mr. Wang, while she remained on the run herself. She was found dead in July 2022.

While still mourning Ms. Zhu’s passing, Mr. Wang struggled to care for Lily and his ailing mother, despite the physical difficulty he had himself. He never woke up from sleep on the morning of April 9, 2023, leaving Lily all alone. Both he and Ms. Zhu were 51 when they died.

Mr. Wang’s daughter
Mr. Wang’s daughter shortly after birth