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Bittersweet Children's Day in China

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Jun 03, 2008

HONG KONG -- In China, June 1 is the most important holiday for children, when they get a day off from school and celebrate with their families. But for those parents who lost their children in the earthquake in Dujiangyan, the holiday turned out to be a day of mourning, reports the Sing Tao Daily. Sacrificial items and wreaths could be found lying over the ashes at Juyuan Middle School, in the city of Dujiangyan. Numerous parents gathered there to grieve. Some questioned the quality of the school construction, saying the school buildings "fell like tofu," a Chinese expression referring to poor construction quality. According to the Chinese government's statistics, more than 2,000 children died in the earthquake in the
two schools Juyuan and Xiangerxiang. To console the families, the government has proposed a special policy to let those who lost their child have one more in the future.



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