Read about forced organ harvesting in China here.


This man is lost, dead,
His organs taken.
Dark; hard to look at:
His drained flesh sunken,
With hard, dark, stitch scars …
Gone, save this token.
Elsewhere, his organs
Live where they’re foreign.



The non-consenting body
Knifed with no anaesthetic.
Surgeons learn exacting skill,
Slicing candles to their wick.
Doctors use this careful kill:
Cut flesh like wax, cut it quick,
Then burn it down in a kiln—
Bodiless organs. Smoke trick.


Bad News

Human rights, last rites,
None. Healing’s reverse.
Disbelief fattens.
Information’s terse.
Not ‘news’ — longstanding.
Any angle’s perverse.
China adds pressure.
Reporting grows worse.


Damian Robin is a writer and editor living in the United Kingdom.

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14 Responses

    • Damian Robin

      It’s astonishing that organ theft has been going on for so long in China and how the number of transplants in China doubled and tripled and has grown bigger since the persecution of Falun Gong began in 1999.
      There are other groups targeted — Uighurs, Tibetans, Christians, secular dissidents, probably lawyers — but Falun Gong has by far the largest number of adherents and has the largest number of deaths from forced organ harvesting.
      Thanks to Adam for posting the link to
      There is a wealth of detail there on the investigative journalism and research done on how the Chinese regime organises these atrocities on a country-wide scale.
      Do take a look. It is the biggest human rights violation and many associate it with the holocaust of the second world war.

  1. Daniel Magdalen

    I find the poems to be concise and right to the point, evoking flashes of the brutal and almost indescribable abomination which is forced live organ harvesting. It is indeed quite difficult to put into words these images which refer to such extreme human experiences. A process of thoroughly documenting these crimes against humanity has recently expanded and the world has become increasingly aware of this. Investigative reports have progressively identified different categories of evidence on this, as one can see by reading the following study: Also, the international community has started to respond and condemn forced organ harvesting, as this recent resolution adopted by the US Congress indicates: I hope that the persecution of Falun Gong and the forced live organ harvesting, which these innocent victims are subjected to, will soon come to an end.

    • Damian Robin

      Thanks Daniel for putting the link to the update above. It is an update on research done by eminent lawyers, a retired high-ranking Canadian politician, and an american journalist and China expert living ing the UK. It is a thorough investigation into forced live organ harvesting in China. I have not read all of it as it is 700+ pages. However, it is something that can be jumped into at any point and it will be found jaw-dropping. The statistics were compiled and analysed with the help of many assistants who phoned hospitals in China, others who trawled through Chinese medical journals, hospital reports, statements by medical professionals and Health officials in China, and related websites including even old caches of information that had been taken down but not completely deleted.

      One strand of the international response is the initiatives taken by Israel, Spain, (and very bravely) by Taiwan, and last year by Italy, is to put checks on organ tourism. Organ tourism is that name given to the traveling to China for organ transplants. The organs can be made available in two weeks and booked before, so it is not natural deaths or traffic accidents we are talking about.

      What Israel, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy have done is to prevent medical support being given to those who return from China with new organs.

      Many countries have made statements and resolutions (a number have been made in the UK and the European Parliament) abhorring the practice of forced organ harvesting from live donors. However, they remain words — sane and stand-out words, but words nevertheless. Ethan Gutmann, one of the authors of the update , pointed this out in a July delivery this year to the Irish Assembly (Dáil Éireann).

      There he also said about the victims of Forced live organ harvesting
      “… anyone who has been close to the data in the way that myself, David Matas and David Kilgour have, has concluded that they are mainly prisoners of conscience. They are often arrested without any due process whatever. They cannot be charged with any capital crimes and in the case of Falun Gong they are absolutely non-violent. Often, they are people who are not even on the books and are being put to death. This is where this huge pool of organs is coming from. I would like to say that this is science fiction but I was here in 2013 [giving evidence to the Dáil] and I am afraid that the evidence has become exponentially worse and more explicit since then … ”

  2. Damian Robin

    Above, I’m like a crane, I twist my brain,
    cross-fertilising seeds of gainny grain;
    not translations, nor the English norm,
    English takeaways of Chinese form.

    They’re naive versions of the old Lüshi
    on a theme of present tragedy. 
    Not sensible, maybe, to try this out
    but apposite, I hope, and with some clout.

    • Damian Robin

      — Lüshi have eight lines with a rhyme on each second line. Each line can have five or seven Chinese characters. I have made one English syllable stand for a Chinese character. The finer points of development and parallelisms, I have been light with.

  3. Damian Robin

    Organ stealing and broken friendship

    “Nothing’s perfect — good and bad, they float,
    then Time’s flow drowns the details — let it pass.”
    So oozed my Chinese friend — I felt remote.
    I felt she’d spattered me with shattered glass.

    She strained reality and forced to see
    the sunshine pinnacles that glint midstream —
    the surface glitz and splash economy,
    the glass-thin dance show of the Party’s dream.

    I’d told her of the cash cow transplant horror,
    happening now in wards all over China,
    where organs switch, one human to another,
    where one stays live, and one’s a discard donor.

    I made ref’rence to her doctor mother
    who’d done abortions for the one child rule.
    (I had not said she might’ve forced a mother
    to have her baby killed, unwilled and cruel.)

    This brought the waterfall of forced defence,
    of how the Party did not do such things —
    of how she loved her country — how her sense
    of love was ticked off by my bellyings —

    of how her mother would not know such things —
    there was no spying on the internet —
    the past was gone — how could I prove such things —
    there’s good and bad — so let’s get on, forget.

    In my last email I asked her why,
    if no surveillance, did she feel alarm.
    From then my emails were left out to dry.
    I felt I’d fished too hard and caused her harm.

    She used set ways to listen, look, and think.
    It was the Party’s sea in which she grew.
    Born submerged, what liquor could she drink
    with Party thirst the only thirst she knew?

    Persistent truth pushed her to speak that way,
    supporting evil in no conscious way.
    Could she keep the dragon’s teeth at bay?
    Would she be in its jaws on Judgement Day?


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