An international coalition against forced abortion and sexual slavery is stepping in to help the elderly women impacted by China's anti-Christian campaign.
OneNewsNow has reported on the crackdown against the Christian and Muslim faith groups in China in which Christian pastors are forced to preach communist propaganda with the gospel and congregations are forced to mix patriotic songs with hymns.
Now, Bitter Winter, an online watchdog publication on China, reports Christian widows are being punished.
"Bitter Winter reported the story of a Catholic woman in Fuzhou city, Jiangxi province," Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers begins. "She has been receiving a small subsidy since her husband died in 2018. But at the end of 2019, local officials threatened her, saying that her subsidy would be stopped unless she would remove images of Jesus from her home."
The woman refused, so the subsidies stopped, with Communist Party officials saying, "Because the government feeds you, you must believe in it, not God."
Littlejohn says China's now two-child policy has stripped the women of family support, and she reports that there is another consequence.
"A lot of them are committing suicide," she laments. "China's suicide rate has skyrocketed 500 percent over the last 20 years, and I don't think this is unrelated to the fact that the one-child policy has decimated the population."
Women's Rights Without Frontiers' "Save a Widow" campaign is providing widows in need a stipend of $25 a month – slightly more than what the Chinese government provided to help widows make ends meet.