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Beauty among the Moral Squalor of China’s Brutal One-Child Policy

by | Aug 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

By Dave Andrusko

Lou is now dying from kidney failure. She is pictured here with two of the children she helped rescued

As if any more evidence were needed, two stories published yesterday and today in the British newspaper The Daily Mail bring home both the brutality of China’s ghastly One-Child Policy and the efforts of one woman to wrestle good out in the midst of a demonic evil. Warning: what follows is graphic.

Under the headline, “Innocent victim of China’s one child policy?” The Daily Mail reported today that “An abandoned newborn baby is recovering in hospital after having her throat cut, being put in a plastic bag and thrown into a garbage bin in China’s Liaoning province. The female baby–so newborn that her placenta and umbilical cord were still attached–was discovered by a man who was searching a bin for recyclables.” 

The premature baby was found in a bin, with placenta and umbilical cord still attached, in Anshan City in northeast China.

“Doctors said that baby had been born premature and was probably between 32 and 34 weeks old, weighing just three pounds,” the Daily Mail reported.

The baby was taken to the hospital in critical condition where doctors are working to close a two-inch wound across her neck. The newspaper quotes a resident who saw the girl being taken away: “She was still breathing and had a heartbeat. Blood from the wound stained the whole body.” Had the wound been only slightly deeper, she would have died instantly.

Found in Anshan city, in northeast China, “She is believed to be a victim of the country’s notorious one child policy–and seems to confirm the long-held belief that parents upon which this restriction is imposed prefer boys,” the Daily Mail reported. The scavenger who found the baby thought he had found a dead baby in the bag.

According to the newspaper, the fate of the as-yet unnamed baby has “horrified China.”

At the other end of the behavioral galaxy is Lou Xiaoying, now 88 and suffering from kidney failure. She has “found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province where she managed to make a living by recycling rubbish.” (What an incredible irony.)

Along with her husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, they kept four of the children. (Her young son was found in a dustbin when Lou was 82). The other rescued children were passed onto friends and family.

Lou said of Zhang Qilin (whose name is from the Chinese word that means “rare and precious”), “Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me.”

The Daily Mail reports that Lou found the first baby girl in 1972—abandoned, lying in the junk on the street. “She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in,” Lou said. “’Watching her grow and become stronger gave us such happiness and I realised I had a real love of caring for children. I realised if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives.”

Perhaps Lou best captured her philosophy when she said, “These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.”

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Categories: China