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Chinese Toddler Yueyue’s Death Sparks Outrage

Posted by Author on October 25, 2011

Wang Yue, named “Yueyue” by the media, was pronounced dead on Friday.

As seen in surveillance footage widely viewed online, the child was run over by two separate vehicles, then ignored by many passersby—until a garbage collector tried to come to her rescue. She was soon declared brain-dead, and then put in intensive care in the Guangzhou Military Hospital.

Now she has passed away, but not before provoking a firestorm of anger and criticism among Chinese citizens. Many are outraged over the way she was first brutalized—then apparently deliberately ignored.

Some are calling it a sign of moral failure.

[Yang Yaying, Beijing Resident]:
“Now people have become so selfish. So many people walked by but no one helped her because they didn’t want to get themselves into trouble.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Shame: Two year-old Wang Yue Crushed Under Two Vans, Left to Die

Posted by Author on October 24, 2011

The shocking death of 2 year-old Wang Yue may succeed in bringing shame upon China for their violent treatment of their daughters. Perhaps Yueyue can revive the death-cold heart of her country and force the Chinese people to see her for what she was, a helpless child they trampled and threw away.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) – Little girls are worth next to nothing in China. Baby girls are killed on a regular basis in China. We all know that.

Yet little YueYue’s story may finally succeed in accomplishing what up to this point has not quite been done: bringing shame upon China for their abhorrent and violent treatment of their daughters.

The Chinese government routinely rounds up women who violate the 1-child policy by getting pregnant with a second child and forcibly aborts them, even well into the third trimester of pregnancy. Some mothers die along with their preborn babies. Sometimes they threaten and beat up fathers and husbands who refuse to cooperate; they threaten families’ homes and businesses; in short, they destroy people’s lives in every way they can — literally. All for the sake of their evil, anti-human policies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Has China lost its humanity- Yue Yue Incident

Posted by Author on October 21, 2011

A little girl left bleeding to death on the side of the street after being struck by two goods vehicles, while 18 people passed her by and did nothing to help her.

A woman, six months pregnant, who died during a forced abortion to meet the terms of the one child policy of population control. These two incidents this week have left many people in China wondering aloud if rampant economic growth has come at the cost of the country’s humanity. Is China becoming more dehumanised as incomes increase?

On the social networks, the talk is collective responsibility for the scandals. “We are all passers-by,” one recently posted message read. The question is how this message of civic responsibility will go down with a generation reared on the principle that “to get rich is glorious”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yueyue, Chinese toddler struck in hit-and-run, reported brain dead (Video)

Posted by Author on October 19, 2011

A Chinese toddler who was ignored by 18 passersby and left in the street after she was run over twice is now brain dead, doctors said Wednesday.

A state-run paper China Daily, however, is still confidently reporting that Yueyue is alive. Her “blood pressure and heart beat shows signs of stability,” their most recent story reads.

Is it possible that China’s censors are at work? It’s unclear, as state-run news agency Xinhua is reporting her death.

Either way, Yueyue’s story does not look good for the government.

The seven excruciatingly long minutes in which 18 people decide not to help a bleeding two-year-old girl lying in the road make China look like anything but the “harmonious society” President Hu Jintao has envisioned. Read the rest of this entry »

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Activist: Child of Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng denied education

Posted by Author on September 6, 2011

BEIJING — A rights activist says the 6-year-old daughter of a blind Chinese dissident has been barred from leaving her house and is unable to attend school.

He Peirong says the daughter of Chen Guangcheng and his wife has not been allowed to leave their house since Feb. 24 and her books have been taken away.

He said Tuesday that Chen’s daughter has not been allowed to attend school since it began last week. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Social Media Used to Find Missing Children

Posted by Author on February 14, 2011

In China, social media such as microblogs and instant messaging services, are tightly controlled, to prevent the spread of information the government does not like. But some Chinese are learning to use social media to reunite families.

In an emotional scene, Peng Gaofeng is reunited with his son, who was abducted three years ago, when he was just three.

Child abduction is a big problem in China with thousands of children disappearing each year. The government seems powerless to help distraught parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kindergarten Children punished by applying electric iron on faces- Teacher Not Properly Punished, Parents Say

Posted by Author on December 26, 2010

By Quincy Yu, Epoch Times Staff, Dec. 26, 2010 –

A teacher at a private kindergarten in Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province, chose an unusual and painful form of punishment for seven young children who had spoken out of turn in her class on Dec. 14: she applied an electric iron to their faces. Two of the children had to be taken to hospital.

Local Communist Party authorities in a press conference on Dec. 18 explained that the teacher had assumed that the iron was no longer hot when she pressed it on the faces of the children, since it had been unplugged for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Children, China, Education, Family, Incident, Jiangsu, Law, News, People, SE China, Social, World | 1 Comment »

China jails father of tainted milk victim for two and half years

Posted by Author on November 10, 2010

By Jamil Anderlini in Beijing, The Financial Times, Nov. 10, 2010 –

A Chinese activist who organised a support group for parents of children affected by one of the country’s worst food safety scandals has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison on a charge often used to silence government critics.

A Beijing court on Wednesday handed down the unusually harsh sentence for “disturbing social order” on Zhao Lianhai, whose young son fell ill in 2008 after drinking baby formula tainted with melamine, an industrial chemical.

At least six children in China died after drinking melamine-tainted milk and more than 300,000 were left with kidney problems.

The scandal was initially ­covered up by the local authorities and, allegedly, also a central government ministry to ensure that it did not overshadow the Beijing Olympic Games, which opened at about the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Parents Lose Children, Then Lose the Right to Look for Them

Posted by Author on October 7, 2010

By Li Jingyi & Gao Zitan, Epoch Times Staff, Oct. 6, 2010-

An often overlooked group among the swelling ranks of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) least-wanted, and the nation’s most disenfranchised, are the parents of missing children.

Groups of parents take to the streets of Beijing with a long banner displaying photos of their missing children. On Sept. 29, The Epoch Times interviewed several of them. “Nowadays, there is only one child in every household. Losing a child is like the end of the world,” said one parent. “We show these photos in Beijing to raise awareness so this will not happen to other families.” Read the rest of this entry »

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China: Sexual prematurity in babies- Dairy Companies Face New Questions

Posted by Author on August 12, 2010

By BRIAN SPEGELE, The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 12, 2010 –

BEIJING— Mounting questions about abnormal hormone levels in several Chinese infants who demonstrated early signs of puberty have again put a Chinese milk supplier and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. on the defensive about their products.

The latest issue comes two years after the 2008 milk scandal, in which at least six children died and 300,000 were sickened from milk that contained dangerous levels of melamine, an industrial chemical.

The Chinese company at the center of the latest questions, Nasdaq-listed Synutra International  Inc., insists it isn’t to blame for symptoms of sexual prematurity in babies, including breast growth. On Synutra’s website, it says the company has never added illegal hormones to its milk products, and questions links between its product and the babies’ signs of puberty.

“These claims are highly irresponsible and based on speculation instead of scientific evidence,” said the company’s chairman and chief executive, Liang Zhang. “As a well-known and trusted provider of infant formula in China, we are completely confident that our products are safe and our quality levels are industry leading.”

Earlier this month, parents and doctors in central China’s Hubei province began voicing concern that milk powder from Synutra had caused at least three infant girls to exhibit signs of puberty, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. This week, Ministry of Health officials said they were launching an investigation into the milk powder.

At a news conference on Tuesday, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Health said multiple factors could cause sexual prematurity, and experts couldn’t yet determine whether food was a factor, Xinhua reported.

In 2008, Fonterra, one of New Zealand’s largest companies, faced a wave of criticism in the aftermath of the milk scandal. Fonterra owned a large stake in one of the companies at the center of the scandal, the now-defunct Sanlu Group, but has flourished in China following Sanlu’s closing. Synutra recalled some of its products during the melamine scare…….(more details from Wall Stret Journal)

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China kindergarten knife attack, again: Four dead, 12 injured

Posted by Author on August 4, 2010

DPA via, Aug. 4, 2010 –

Beijing – At least four children died and 12 others were stabbed in an attack at a kindergarten in eastern China’s Shandong province, reports said on Wednesday.

The attacker, who was armed with a knife, burst into the unnamed kindergarten in Shandong’s Zibo city Tuesday afternoon, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy quoted a local police official as saying.

The attacker later surrendered to police, Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao reported.

Chinese state media did not immediately report the incident, which is the latest in a series of attacks at schools and kindergartens in China this year.

At least five similar attacks have been reported, resulting in the death of dozens of children and several teachers.

Following the earlier attacks, the government ordered a review of security at schools, while state media have discussed possible underlying causes of the attacks.

“Apart from adopting forceful security measures, we also need to focus on addressing some deep-rooted causes behind these problems, including handling some social contradictions, resolving disputes and strengthening the role of grassroot mediation,” Premier Wen Jiabao told Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV in May.

DPA via

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School killings cast spotlight on social stresses in China

Posted by Author on May 17, 2010

By Kathrin Hille in Beijing, The Financial Times, May 15 2010 –

When a man with a cleaver walked into a kindergarten in China’s Shaanxi province on Wednesday and hacked seven children and their teacher to death, shock was not the first public reaction.

After six such attacks in as many weeks, the mood among parents is approaching panic.

“We cannot feel safe any more. How come they can’t stop this?” asked Li Wen, as she dropped off her daughter at a private Beijing kindergarten in a guarded compound in Beijing.

While killing sprees invariably prompt soul-searching, such attacks have rarely been made public in China and for many they are a vivid illustration of how the Chinese government is failing to live up to its pledge to create a “harmonious society”.

Thirty years of breakneck growth without political reform have left millions of Chinese displaced, uprooted and confused. The killers’ profiles mirror these social ills. Some were unemployed, others were involved in disputes over evictions and some had a history of mental illness.

“China’s society is entering a high-risk phase. The unfair distribution of wealth, official corruption, the failure to safeguard people’s basic needs, the inability to solve all these problems has created an inharmonious environment,” says Yue Guo’an, a professor of social psychology at Nankai University in Tianjin.

Even Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, acknowledged the deeper social implications of the attacks. “Apart from tight safety measures, we need to pay attention to addressing the root causes of these problems,” Mr Wen said. “That includes dealing with social conflicts and dispute resolution at the grassroots level.”…… (more details from The Financial Times)

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List: 6 School Killing Cases in China in Less Than 2 Months

Posted by Author on May 12, 2010

March 23: Zheng Minshen in Nanping City, Fujian Province (South China) waited outside a school gate with a knife about 30 centimeters long, killing eight students and injuring five.

April 12: About 400 meters away from the Xizhen Elementary School of Hepu County, Guangxi Province (South China), an eight-year-old student and an elderly woman were found dead, and another five were injured, including two students, a toddler and a middle-aged couple.

April 28: A man ran into an elementary school in Leizhou City of Guangdong Province (South-east China) with a knife, and injured 18 students and a teacher. The resulting investigation showed that 33-year-old suspect Chen Kangbing was a teacher at another public school in Leizhou City, on “sick leave” since February of 2006.

April 29: Xu Yuyuan broke into a kindergarten affiliated with Taixing Township of Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province (East China), stabbing and killing 32 people.

April 30: 45-year-old Wang Yonglai of Shangzhuang Village of Weifang City, Shandong Province (East China), forcibly entered Shanzhuang Elementary School on a motorcycle, carrying a hammer and gasoline. He wounded five preschoolers with the hammer, and then killed himself via self-immolation using the gasoline.

May 12: A cleaver-wielding man broke into a kindergarten in China’s Shaanxi Province (Northwest China), killing nine and injuring eleven before returning home to commit suicide.

From The Epochtimes

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Seven children and two adults hacked to death in latest violence against schools and nurseries in China

Posted by Author on May 12, 2010, Wednesday 12 May, 2010-

An attacker
with a meat cleaver hacked seven infants and two adults to death in north-west China today despite police efforts to stem a wave of school killings that has terrified parents across the country.

A further 11 children were injured in the attack at a nursery in Hanzhong city, Shaanxi province, which took place at 8am, soon after the start of school. A resident said most of the children were aged between two and four. The alleged attacker Wu Huanmin, 38, killed himself, according to the Xinhua news agency.

One local man, Zheng Xiulan, said the assailant had previous links with the nursery and had been in conflict with its owners. “Only about two of the children in the kindergarten were not injured, but I don’t know how many died in the end,” Zheng said. “There was blood everywhere … I don’t know why he did it.”

Chinese media showed infants being taken to the local hospital’s intensive care unit. Two are in a critical condition.

Since March there have been at least six attacks on nurseries and schools resulting in 18 murders, two suicides, an execution and more than 40 children being injured by cleavers, knives and hammers.

The cluster of killings shocked the nation and prompted the government to order tighter security at education institutions.

They strike an especially deep chord in a country where most urban families are allowed to have only one child, said Yang Dongping, an expert on education at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

“Of course we’re scared,” said a resident of a village near the latest attack, who gave only her surname, Li.

“We’ve all heard about it. I also have grandchildren, but they’re already at primary school. Everybody has to wonder why there are people who can do this.”…… (more details from The Guardian)

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China quake families to register dead, two years on

Posted by Author on May 12, 2010


BEIJING — Two years after the massive earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province, families of the thousands of missing people can on Wednesday finally register their loved ones as dead.

Under Chinese law, relatives of the 18,000 missing people can only register their family members as dead two years after they disappeared.

Nearly 70,000 people were killed in the May 2008 quake that devastated parts of the southwestern province and rattled a nation preparing to host the Beijing Olympics.

While the state-controlled press lavished praise on the government quake response and reconstruction effort on Wednesday, critics organised protests in honour of the thousands of children killed when poorly-built schools crumbled.

“We are calling for more people to better understand the true background of the May 12 earthquake and the social negligence and institutional denial and cover-up,” prominent artist-activist Ai Weiwei told AFP.

“The real causes of the students’ deaths, their names and how they died have still not emerged.”

Ai, who has led a two-year campaign to identify the more than 5,300 dead students and shed light on the school collapses, organised an Internet protest to have the names of the children read out in recorded messages posted online.

The efforts of Ai and others since the quake to hold the government accountable for the school collapses have resulted in the jailing of numerous campaigners and ongoing government threats aimed at halting their work……. (more details from AFP)

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Hand, foot and mouth disease spreads early in China, killing 260 children so far this year

Posted by Author on May 7, 2010

Canadian Press, May. 7, 2010 –

BEIJING, China — Hand, foot and mouth disease, a virus that usually peaks during the hot months, has already killed 260 children in China this year and sickened hundreds of thousands more, the government said Friday.

Every spring and summer China sees deadly outbreaks of the disease, which typically infects infants and children, particularly in rural areas where hygiene is poor. Most cases are mild, with children recovering quickly after suffering little more than a fever and rash.

But the disease has struck earlier than normal this year, and by May 4 the number of deaths reported were 143 per cent higher than the same period last year, said Xiao Donglou, the Health Ministry’s deputy director of disease control and prevention, according to the Beijing News. An official with the ministry’s press section confirmed the accuracy of the figures reported.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is characterized by fever, mouth sores and a rash with blisters. It is spread by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stool of infected people. It is unrelated to the foot and mouth disease that affects livestock.

Nearly 430,000 children have been sickened by the disease so far this year while severe cases have jumped by two-thirds to 5,454, the report cited Xiao as saying. Last year, there were 353 deaths from the disease, according to Health Ministry figures……. (Canidian Press)

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China enforces one-child policy through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide

Posted by Author on April 10, 2010

By Reggie Littlejohn, President of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, Via The epochtimes-

Most people know that China has a one-child policy. But do they stop to think how this policy is enforced? It is enforced through forced abortion, forced sterilization—and at times—infanticide.

This grisly truth was reported last week: according to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, 21 bodies of fetuses and babies were found discarded in a river in the village of Jiming, Shandong Province, in East China. Xinhua stated, “The bodies may have been dumped by cleaners from local hospitals after abortions and induced labor. Such dead bodies are treated as medical waste by hospitals.”

The Chinese communist authorities, of course, immediately cremated the bodies, destroying evidence. If outside sources could have examined the corpses, we could have learned whether the majority were girls (consistent with gendercide) and whether the skulls of the full term babies had been punctured (consistent with forced abortion or infanticide).

During a congressional hearing on Nov. 10, 2009, before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, I presented two documents, recently leaked out of China, setting forth new information on the Chinese communist practice of infanticide. According to these sources, practices include:

•    Puncturing the brain and injecting it with poison during labor or immediately after birth;
•    throwing the infant on the ground; and
•    drowning by placing the infant in a bucket of water and stepping on him or her

In the United States we’ve had 50 million abortions since Roe vs. Wade. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) boasts that it has “prevented” 400 million births through its One-Child Policy, which was instituted in 1979. That’s more than the entire population of the United States!

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, everyone opposes forced abortion because it’s not a choice. Pro-choice advocate Hillary Clinton has condemned it repeatedly.

China’s one-child policy causes more violence to women and girls than any other official policy on earth.

Forced abortion is traumatic to women. It is a form of torture. To read one woman’s harrowing account, visit

Because of the traditional preference for boys, sex-selective abortion is common and most of the aborted fetuses are girls. In addition, female infanticide is a problem. According to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, the overall sex ratio for China is 126 boys for every 100 girls. Nine provinces had ratios of over 160, for second children. The article states, “Sex selective abortion accounts for almost all the excess males.”

Because of this gendercide, there are then 37 million more men than women in China today. This gender imbalance is a major force driving sexual trafficking of women and girls in Asia.

China has the highest female suicide rate of any country in the world. It is the only nation in which more women than men kill themselves. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 500 women a day end their lives. Could this extraordinary suicide rate be related to coercive family planning?

Women who have violated the policy are often forcibly sterilized. Forced sterilization is a serious human rights abuse and can lead to life-long health complications.

Some people argue that because the United States owes China so much money, we can’t challenge them on their miserable human rights record. I disagree. Chinese citizens cannot speak freely about the one-child policy. Blind activist Chen Guangcheng told the world about the fact that there were 130,000 forced abortions in Linyi County, Shandong Province, in one year, 2005. He is now serving a four-year, three-month prison sentence on false charges. He has been tortured, is gravely ill, and is being denied medical treatment.

Those of us in the west who can speak out, must speak out for those who cannot. As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Reggie Littlejohn is President of the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and represents Human Rights Without Frontiers and China Aid Association. For more information and what you can do,

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Father of China’s toxic milk-powder Children victim on Trial

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010

Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch (Chinese), via The Epochtimes –

The father of one of the victims of China’s toxic milk-powder scandal has been charged with “inciting social upheaval” because he demanded medical help for his child.

Zhao Lianhai, a Beijing resident whose son developed kidney stones after consuming melamine-tainted milk powder, founded a citizen’s group called “Kidney Stone Babies” that advocates for the rights of the victims and their families. Because of his vocal public activism, he has been nicknamed “The Father of Kidney Stone Babies.”

Zhao’s proactive involvement in assisting others who were unhappy with the way the government handled their cases made him a target for investigation by the Daxing District police.

He was arrested and has been held in custody since last November. His first court appearance was on March 30.

The trial, held at the Daxing District Court in Beijing, was closed to the public. Li Xuemei, Zhao’s wife, had asked to attend but was turned down. No verdict was announced at the conclusion of the trial.

During the entire five-hour proceedings, Zhao was kept shackled at the ankles. According to Peng Jian, Zhao’s defense attorney, Zhao was also handcuffed when he was first taken into the courtroom in the morning. Only after Peng protested were the handcuffs removed; the ankle shackles remained.

Zhao pleaded not guilty to the charge of inciting social upheaval. Peng and Zhao’s other defense attorney Mr. Li Fangping told Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch that prosecutors don’t have a case as evidence was collected before Zhao was even charged. In addition, most of the prosecution’s witnesses are policemen, creating an obvious conflict of interest.

The hearing attracted wide attention among Zhao’s supporters and human rights activists. A few dozen supporters waited outside the courtroom during the trial along with several overseas media, including the Associated Press.

Police had cordoned off the area to separate the demonstrators and were using a camera and video camera to keep a record of the demonstrators.

Some supporters held signs that read, “Citizen’s Right to Life,” “Rule of Law,” and “Justice.” Some shouted, “Release Zhao Lianlai, Zhao Lianlai is innocent!”

Some demonstrators asked the police, “Do you have children? Do you have a conscience?”

Zhao’s wife and son were among the supporters, and both of them were weeping……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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21 dead babies dumped in east China river, some in “hospital waste” bags

Posted by Author on March 31, 2010

Jane Macartney, Beijing , The Times, Mar. 31, 2010-

Jining City, Shangdong Province, China

The bodies of 21 babies who apparently died in hospital have been found in a river in eastern China.

Residents made the discovery on Monday while some of them were fishing in the river near a bridge in Shandong province. One man told a local television station: “We noticed that something had been washed up against the bank. At first I though they must be plastic dolls. But when I got closer I saw they were real babies.”

Another resident gestured to a tiny body, wearing only a nappy, lying on the muddy bank. “I couldn’t believe that they were real but they were. And as I walked along I saw more and more.”

At first they saw only eight corpses but they found more when they scoured the river. Several were in plastic bags. By Tuesday morning local authorities had found 21 dead infants.

Local police and health officials said that they had started an investigation and several staff from the Jining hospital had been suspended. Two mortuary workers were reported to have been detained yesterday.

It is not known how many of the babies were girls or boys and what the motive for dumping the bodies was. Eight of the babies had pale green hospital tags looped around their ankles. These identified three as having been admitted to the emergency room of the Jining Medical College Hospital and five as being cared for in the same hospital. The 13 other bodies had no form of identification.

Another villager said: “The ones in the bags are very small but look at that baby. It must be at least three months old. It measures 60cm (24in) and you can see that it even has hair.”

Some of the babies were jumbled together on the bank in yellow plastic bags stamped with the words “hospital waste”. One girl lay on her back with her romper suit torn in half and covered in mud.

A villager bent over one body to show the hospital tag taped to the ankle. He said: “This is a baby boy. His name is given as Man Hongmei and he was born in April 2009.” The tag carried his mother’s name and his weight and size at birth.

Residents complained that the dumping of the bodies risked contaminating their drinking water from the river as well as their duck farms. One middle-aged man said: “Whoever did this has no morals.”

The local authorities collected the bodies yesterday morning, gathering up more from the river and bringing them to the bank in the carrier bags in which they had been thrown away.

A television presenter attacked those responsible. He said: “Where do these babies come from? From which damned hospital? Why do I say hospital? Because they were thrown out as hospital waste.”

In an unusually emotional outburst for Chinese television, he said: “These infants never had a chance to walk on this earth and that is already their tragedy. But shouldn’t you then dispose of them properly instead of just tossing them out? These people have the hearts of dogs. They are hateful and contemptible.”

The Times

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China factory closed amid lead poisoning fears- at least 88 children tested positive

Posted by Author on March 15, 2010

AFP, Mar. 15, 2010-

BEIJING — Authorities in southwestern China have closed a factory after nearly 100 people — most of them children — tested positive for lead poisoning, state media said Monday.

A total of 94 people in Sichuan province, including 88 children, were found to have excessive levels of lead in their blood and officials suspect a nearby factory may be at fault, the province’s news website reported.

Seven children — the youngest of which is just over one year old — are being treated in hospital and the others are being monitored at home.

Local officials said a preliminary investigation had revealed a firm making lead out of used batteries — Longchang Zhongyi Alloy Company — could be the cause of the health scare.

It was not immediately clear how the residents were poisoned but officials are currently testing surface and well water, vegetables and soil within 800 metres of the plant.

It is the latest in a series of lead poisoning incidents across China that has highlighted the human cost of pollution in a nation that has so far prioritised economic growth over environmental protection.

Last year, authorities in central Henan province said they would relocate 15,000 people away from smelting plants in one area after nearly 1,000 children tested positive for lead poisoning.

Excessive levels of lead are considered hazardous particularly to children, who can experience stunted growth and even mental retardation……. (more details from AFP)

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War on baby girls- Gendercide in China

Posted by Author on March 4, 2010

Mar 4th 2010, From The Economist print edition-

XINRAN XUE, a Chinese writer, describes visiting a peasant family in the Yimeng area of Shandong province. The wife was giving birth. “We had scarcely sat down in the kitchen”, she writes (see article), “when we heard a moan of pain from the bedroom next door…The cries from the inner room grew louder—and abruptly stopped. There was a low sob, and then a man’s gruff voice said accusingly: ‘Useless thing!’

“Suddenly, I thought I heard a slight movement in the slops pail behind me,” Miss Xinran remembers. “To my absolute horror, I saw a tiny foot poking out of the pail. The midwife must have dropped that tiny baby alive into the slops pail! I nearly threw myself at it, but the two policemen [who had accompanied me] held my shoulders in a firm grip. ‘Don’t move, you can’t save it, it’s too late.’

“‘But that’s…murder…and you’re the police!’ The little foot was still now. The policemen held on to me for a few more minutes. ‘Doing a baby girl is not a big thing around here,’ [an] older woman said comfortingly. ‘That’s a living child,’ I said in a shaking voice, pointing at the slops pail. ‘It’s not a child,’ she corrected me. ‘It’s a girl baby, and we can’t keep it. Around these parts, you can’t get by without a son. Girl babies don’t count.’”

In January 2010 the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) showed what can happen to a country when girl babies don’t count. Within ten years, the academy said, one in five young men would be unable to find a bride because of the dearth of young women—a figure unprecedented in a country at peace.

The number is based on the sexual discrepancy among people aged 19 and below. According to CASS, China in 2020 will have 30m-40m more men of this age than young women. For comparison, there are 23m boys below the age of 20 in Germany, France and Britain combined and around 40m American boys and young men. So within ten years, China faces the prospect of having the equivalent of the whole young male population of America, or almost twice that of Europe’s three largest countries, with little prospect of marriage, untethered to a home of their own and without the stake in society that marriage and children provide.

Gendercide—to borrow the title of a 1985 book by Mary Anne Warren—is often seen as an unintended consequence of China’s one-child policy, or as a product of poverty or ignorance. But that cannot be the whole story. The surplus of bachelors—called in China guanggun, or “bare branches”— seems to have accelerated between 1990 and 2005, in ways not obviously linked to the one-child policy, which was introduced in 1979. And, as is becoming clear, the war against baby girls is not confined to China……. (more details from Economist)

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China: Schools locked up for Migrant Children in suburb of Beijing

Posted by Author on March 3, 2010

Radio Free Asia, 2010-03-02 –

HONG KONG– The Year of the Tiger got off to a gloomy start for hundreds of children of migrant workers in the Chinese capital, as authorities locked the gates of their schools and warned the principals not to carry on teaching them.

“The village and township officials all came to the school,” said Principal Wang of Taoyuan School in an eastern suburb of Beijing, which is currently home to thousands of migrant workers from rural China.

“[Then] some security guards came and locked the school gates, then went away again,” said Wang, whose school lies in Cuigezhuang, one of a number of areas scheduled for demolition and redevelopment in Beijing’s eastern Chaoyang district.

Local residents said at least seven schools in the same area had been similarly affected, with students unable to resume class after the Lunar New Year holidays.

Authorities had already served the schools with notices that they should close by Feb. 28., and the gates of several schools were locked by officials early Monday morning.

“Nobody dares to open the schools,” Principal Wang said. “The local government has made it very clear that they have their own methods of dealing with it if we go ahead and open the school, including violence,” he said.

“There were more than 20 security guards who came to the school … It’s the same in Shanggao, Beigao, Shanggezhuang, and Cuigezhuang,” Wang said. “This is a unified plan of action.”

Authorities in Naixi village had also closed the Wende School there Monday, although the village wasn’t yet in an area scheduled for demolition. The school still had some time left to run on its rental lease, the school principal said……. (Radio Free Asia)

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China: Christian Minor Expelled from Xinjiang High School for His Faith

Posted by Author on October 27, 2009

China Aid,  October 26, 2009 –

XINJIANG–Second-year high school student Chen Le stated emphatically, “I would rather be forced out of school, than deny my faith.” On October 20, 2009, the High School Division of the Huashan Middle School officially expelled Chen for signing a document confirming his identity as a Christian. The Official Notice of Expulsion reads as follows:  (report from China Aid)

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