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Heroes Of China

May 29, 2008

Author : Nikhil

Email forwards never fail to annoy me and I generally delete them without a second thought. But this morning, I got a forward about the earthquake in China and the brave young men, women and children who risked their lives to save others. I had to share this with all of you.

An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 struck the Sichuan province of China at 2:28 pm on May 12, 2008. The epicenter of the earthquake, Wenchuan, is about 90 miles from Chengdu. The earthquake released more energy than 500 atomic bombs, 30 times more than the Kobe earthquake that devastated Japan in 1995. By May 19, there are more than 32,000 confirmed dead, more than 20,000 still missing, and more than 4.7 million houses collapsed or heavily damaged.
Cities close to the epicenter were flattened; whole mountains collapsed. Millions of people lost their loved ones, their homes and their belongings. Yet there was no looting, no complaints; just people helping each other, trying to do everything they could possibly do.
People were rushing to donate money. Many rich people donated in millions, but no one can match Xu Chao, 60, on the right. He is a homeless in Nanjing, 1000 miles from the disaster area. He saw the news and went to donate 5 Yuan in the morning. He said people in the disaster area were worse off than him because their lives were threatened. He came back in the afternoon, donated another 100 Yuan ($14). He explained that all he had were pennies and dimes, and he didn’t want to waste volunteer workers’ time to count them, so he went to the bank to change everything he had into one big bill. This is from a man who doesn’t have money to buy food for himself.
A 5 year old boy was rescued after being buried under       rubbles for 24 hours. His left hand was broken, but he smiled and saluted to his rescuers. His smile made everybody cry.
This high school student was rescued from the collapsed building. She lost both legs, and her both hands were broken. The rescue workers were all in tears when they saw this. She smiled to them and said, “Be Brave!”
This baby, after being buried over 24 hours, miraculously, was rescued unscratched. He is about 3-4 months old, and his mother knelt down, pinned her head and hands on the ground to shielded him from the falling concrete, and milked him. His mother did not make it out. A rescue worker found his mom’s cell phone in his wrapper. It had a text message left by his mother: “Dear child, if you survive, please remember, Mom loves you forever…”
If this doesn’t make people care, I don’t know what will. Life always finds a way. Not everyone is bad, and extreme situations bring out the best in us.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2008 5:51 pm

    What if these ppl eat snakes or dogs?..it is all about ur quality 🙂
    this last pic of an officer with a baby is really touching one :), even in the midst of all these , the officer give the baby a sweet smile 🙂

  2. May 29, 2008 6:44 pm

    The 3 month old baby being rescued is a miracle really.

  3. May 29, 2008 9:42 pm

    this just shows that the world is still alive and not under danger…whatever we humans are if we understand we can live on…

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