Friday, May 8, 2009

China's Quake Dead

China says 5,335 children dead, missing from '08 quake

Washington Post — A massive earthquake toppled Huang Liangju's house a year ago, and she still winces when the hills shudder above her makeshift shelter of planks and plastic sheets.
But after one recent aftershock, one of the many that keep rattling China's southwest Sichuan province, Huang said she and other survivors could not dwell on the past as the anniversary of the May 12 calamity neared. Their uncertain future was enough to worry about.
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Report: Families of Chinese Quake Victims Harassed by Police

Fox News — Parents of children killed in last year's Sichuan earthquake have been harassed by police and some imprisoned after trying to speak out about a possible scandal, according to an Amnesty International report.
Chinese authorities intimidated and detained parents and relatives for trying to seek answers from officials about why their children died.
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Tourism begins to revive in SW China's quake zones

Xinhua — Tourists from other parts of China swarmed to quake zones in southwest China's Sichuan Province and during the May 1 holiday weekend.
In Anchang town, about a 30-minute bus ride from Beichuan old county seat which was razed by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake a year ago, the sudden increased inflow of tourists forced local officials to put up a sign at a bridge to Anchang, persuading tourists to stop and turn back.
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