Shang Liyun is an 11-year-old girl from Caiyuancun Village, Chengguan Town, Pingdu City, Shandong Province. She is a Year 6 pupil at the Qingdaolu Road Elementary School that belongs to the Chengguan Office of Pingdu City. Her father Shang Baolin died on October 10th, 2002. His death was the result of the relentless persecution he suffered for practising Falun Gong. Shang Liyun's mother, Zhang Zengyan, was abducted on October 17th, 2004, while she was talking to people about the facts of Falun Gong with a group of practitioners. Now Shang Liyun has become an orphan. Only her female cousin who is merely a few years older than Shang cooks meals for her now. Falun Gong practitioners also visit her regularly and bring some food for her.
Zhang Zengyan is presently detained in the brainwashing centre, suffering from inhumane persecution. Shang Liyun went to the brainwashing centre many times, asking to see her mother, but she was refused by the 6-10 Office personnel. Zhang Zengyan has had a total of 26,200 Yuan (GBP £2,700) extorted from her because she practises Falun Gong. She has no source of income and lives in hardship.