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30 May 2008


Eyewitness to the Chinese earthquake - preview
I was returning from the airport on Monday 12 May and as my taxi turned the corner in front of my apartment block we saw people rushing out of the shops and restaurants
  • Tiles and other debris were falling from the top of the building
  • The driver stopped and we both felt the shaking and knew we were involved directly in an earthquake

  • You have seen the pictures on TV and read excellent reports in your newspapers so I shall not attempt to describe the horror of the events
  • I would just like to make a few points that I fear will be too quickly forgotten or not understood properly
  • It would seem that a disproportionate number of the dead are children as so many schools collapsed too easily; an issue that raises major questions which might or might not be answered honestly
  • This leaves many families childless, an unintended result of the one-child policy
  • However, there is another aspect to this tragedy
  • Many of the parents of these dead children will have been working many hundreds of miles away as migrant workers
  • They will not have been able to identify the body of their child as corpses have been quickly buried in mass graves
  • This is but one example of the vast trauma that will be filling millions of lives for many, many years to come

  • Patrick Wood

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