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« on: May 21, 2008 06:15 AM »

So touching So many lives lost. -- J.


"When the rescuers found her, she was already dead, crushed by the collapsed house. Through all the debris, people can see her posture: both knees down, upper body forward with hands holding her body, like praying to the heaven. When the rescue team moved on to the next collapsed building, the team leader felt strange about the posture of the dead lady. He went back, checked and shouted to his team: "Come back, there is a baby alive under her body!" After a hard try, they carefully cleared the debris around the dead woman. Under her body was her wrapped baby, about three month old. Because of his mother’s protection, he wasn't hurt at all. He was still sleeping when he was taken out. The doctor came over to perform a routine check and found a cell phone tucked under his blanket. The screen had a message: “my loving baby, if you can survive, please remember I always love you.”

LIKE precious white flowers of mourning, tales of overwhelming valor and sacrifice are sprouting from the Sichuan earthquake rubble. They are twining around our hearts and binding us together as a nation.

In this time of unbearable grief, groups of young Chinese are doing their bit to deliver to the world stories of Sichuan earthquake heroism, writes Yao Minji.

Millions of Chinese have wept since the massive earthquake hit Sichuan Province at 2:28pm 10 days ago. We have grieved for the dead and been touched by the living. We have been left in awe of the strength of survivors and moved by the efforts of rescuers who keep fighting to save one just more life.

And we have mourned for all the fathers, mothers and teachers who sacrificed themselves to save children.

Public security officer Li Guolin saved more than 30 lives at Beichuan Middle School where his 15-year-old son Li Wangziguo was a student. But his son had stopped breathing forever when he was finally found last Wednesday.

A young mother was found dead, kneeling but holding her off the ground. Sheltered beneath her torso, rescuers found her 4-month-old baby - alive.

A text message was found on the woman's cell phone wrapped in the baby's blanket: "My dear baby, if you can survive, do remember that I loved you."

Thousands of such touching stories have appeared in Chinese newspapers, online forums and personal blogs in the past week. And now, groups of bilingual Chinese youth, many of them overseas students and young workers, have been inspired to share with the world these stories of the indomitable human spirit.

"It is understandable that foreign media don't have as much coverage on the earthquake as Chinese media do, but such stories are worth passing on to everyone, regardless of their nationalities, races or religions," says Lynn Wang, a Beijing native studying in Canada.

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