Life and Death, Love and Pain
Snapshots of the Sichuan Earthquake
Dear all, we have started translating some stories about the 7.9 earthquake in Sichuan, China, where some of our hometown is. These trivial stories are not published by the mass media, yet they are all examples of admirable human spirit and emotion.
We would appreciate it greatly if these stories could be forwarded to your friends, who may only know the death toll of these earthquakes. The predicted death toll is up to 50,000. It is a great tragedy, but everyone lost to us are not just mere numbers. They are lives, they are places that we have walked in, people we have talked to, air that we have breathed. We are connected by blood. They are not just numbers.
We hope to let more people know more about this period of struggle, beyond the death toll and financial damage. If these stories touch you, we hope you could respond in some way. It may be humanitarian aid in any way, or letting your friends and family know these stories, or simply just appreciating loved ones and letting them know you care. My dear friends, we thank you for your time and support, and hope that these beautiful souls in heaven, and the determined survivors have touched you.
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Just two days ago on 12th of May, around 2:30pm, Li An-ning, a freshman, was studying geography in her classroom at Beichuan First Secondary School. All of a sudden, the classroom started shaking. Li An-ning recalls that she was on the 4th storey, and in less than 20 seconds, the building collapsed, with the three upper floors caved in.
In the faint light, Li An-ning saw her classmate, Li Yuan-feng. As he was on classroom duty that day, he was dressed in white. Li Yuan-feng was still sitting upright. "I clutched his hand and shouted his name. But there was no reaction. Initially, his hand was still warm, but it became cold after a while."
Li An-ning was trapped, and unable to move. She could only shout the names of her classmates. Three other classmates were lying near her, but she could not reach them. She later found out that all three girls had died.
She was in the darkness for a long time. Li An-ning estimates it to be around 10 hours. Some classmates gradually woke up, and started shouting. One shouted, "Freshman class seven, we have to get out of here. Hold on." Someone else shouted, "We have to study hard once we get out of here."
"I have no idea who started, but we who are still alive started singing. We sang a lot, all of us together, singing popular songs." Li An-ning says that her most vivid memory was singing a song by Guang Liang, titled <Fairytale>. One of the verses went, "The ending is bliss and happiness."
作者：由聪 2008-05-15 14:59:42 发表于：博客中国
Rescuer fell to his knees: please let me save one more!
by Cong You, May 15th, 2008 14:59:42, posted on BlogChina
I finally just got in touch with a friend, a reporter who once interviewed me, in Sichuan. She had just came back from Mianzhu. This petite girl told me the situation by phone, which she saw with her own eyes. She summed it up in one phrase: the end of the world.
She said she almost could not work, and the tears would not stop. It was too miserable. Debris scattered everywhere. The rescuers were searching for people frantically but usually could do nothing much help. The photographer with her just took one photo before putting the camera aside to join in the rescue effort. It was a situation where anyone could not just stand aside and watch on idly.
She told me one scene she would never forget the scene at the site of one school. The main building had collapsed when the earthquake struck. As it was class time, more than 100 primary school students were buried below. Rescuers saved less than twenty children and pulled more than thirty bodies from the rubble. Seeing the little bodies of such young children who would never open their eyes again, she said she suddenly lost the courage to speak.
However, during the key point of the rescue effort, an aftershock struck, and the rubble shifted. As the rescue team had utilized a crane to shift away some larger pieces of debris, the ruins could collapse again at any time. It was too dangerous to enter the ruins and the rescue team could very well lose their lives. The captain ordered the rescuers to immediately evacuate, and wait for the rubble to stabilize. But some rescuers emerged from the ruins, yelling that they had just found some children.
At that, a few rescuers were about to rush in without a second thought. Just at that point, a huge concrete slab shifted and was about to fall on them. The rest of the rescue team held on to them, stopping their rush into the rubble. As the rescuers were hauled out of the danger zone, a rescuer who had just carried a child out of the rubble fell to his knees, crying and pleading with the rescuers holding him back. "Please let me go back in! Please let me save one more! I can do it!"
This brought tears to everyone at the scene. There was nothing they could do but looked on helplessly as the ruins collapsed again. Finally, the children were dug out from the rubble, but only one girl was alive. Watching the young rescuer carrying the girl, shouting and running in the rain towards the medical tent, my friend was crying so hard she could not speak.
I was unable to imagine how this devastating scene, sorrowful enough as a tale, would play out before my eyes. I just know that it did happen, and now across the areas struck by this earthquake, similar scenes are replaying themselves over and over again. In this night,? as I sit here in my comfortable room, it struck me for the first time that I should do something. Even though I am unable to be at the frontline, is there anything else I can do for them?
Thus I wrote this blog entry with tears in my eyes. I know one blog entry would be of little practical use to them, but it is the fastest thing I could think of, the first thing I could do. One entry might not have much power, but I could at least draw more attention to the situation. There can only be more things to do after I accomplish the first, then the second, and the third...
If You Live Through This, Please Remember that I Love You
In the?Sichuan?earthquake, a friend was fortunate enough to survive, walking out of the ruins alive and with a story. It was a story that surfaces in every disaster, a story so common, yet it touches us all while we go about our lives.
When the rescuers found her, she was already dead, crushed by the collapsed building. They could see her through the debris, on her knees with hands flat on the ground, holding up her body. It was almost as if she was bowing ceremoniously, but her body was misshapen, crushed by the building. Rescuers reached a hand in to check that she was dead, shouting and using a stick to lightly knock on the bricks, waiting for a reply or some sign of life from her that never came. When the group turned their attention towards the next pile of debris, the team leader suddenly rushed back, shouting, "Over here, hurry!" He once again stopped in front of her body, trying his best to reach a hand in to feel the ground sheltered by her torso, shouting, "There's someone here, a child, still alive!"
The rescuers worked to move the debris carefully, finding her child sheltered beneath her torso. A baby, about four months old, wrapped in a red blanket with stitched with yellow flowers. Sheltered by his mother's body, he was unscathed. They carried him out from the debris, sound asleep, his sleeping face warming the hearts of everyone at the scene in the face of death.
A doctor rushed over, undoing the blanket to check for signs of injury on the baby. He found a handphone stuffed under the blanket, and instinctively glanced at the screen. There was a message on the screen, "My darling child, if you live through this, please remember that I love you." Despite having seen death countless times, tears rolled down the doctor's face. The handphone was passed around, evoking tears from everyone at the scene.
The young mother must have tried calling for help using the handphone, but in disasters of this scale, telecommunications often fail. She spent her last moments leaving a message for her beloved child.
The Student Implored "Uncle, Please Do Not Amputate My Leg'. The Soldier Rescued Him, Crying.
May 15th, 2008,?Nanfang Daily
"Uncle, please do not amputate my leg! I'd rather kill myself!"Yesterday (14th) afternoon, Li Yue, a 12 year-old student of Class 3, Grade 4 of the Qushan Primary School in Beichuan County, pleaded with solider Li Zonggang beside him. Little Yue had been?trapped in the rubbles and could not?move, while Li Zonggang stood next to the pile of rubble, eyes full of tears.
The County Has Been Razed to the Ground.
With hands on the huge stones and feet?soaked in?mud, the reporter could only pick his way through the mud and debris slowly?to enter a county that is located several meters below. When our reporter entered the stricken region of Beichuan County, he could hardly believe his eyes at?the miserable scene: not one of the buildings in the county was still intact,
with almost every one them razed to the ground. There?was debris?all around, black smoke rolling up from stacks of?rubble, rescue?vehicles and?people passing him in a frenzy to rescue the victims.
To add to the horror, under every?pile of?rubble, there could be someone trapped beneath. According to the reports, only 4,000 out of 10,000 that lived in the county have escaped from the tragedy that struck.
There was no proper road left in the town now, and the rescuers have to?clutch at the mountain slopes, drains and riverside to?move?on, in opposite direction to the groups of survivors evacuating the county.
Beichuan County, which is the only autonomous county of the Qiang Ethnic in China, used to be famous for its beautiful scenery, but now,?it was only a scene from hell. Why did this earthquake bring such?devastating result? Our reporter noted that, the Beichuan County is geographically low-lying, surrounded by mountains and facing a reservoir. When the earthquake happened, there was?no way to escape from the?devastation and the inevitable landslides that followed.
To Escape from the Earthquake I Have to Run from One Mountain to Another.
52-years-old Xiao Siping has lost all of his 8 relatives in the earthquake. Who are the 8 relatives? His wife, children, wife's older brother, elder people in the family...He shakily tried to list them out for our reporter, but after five minutes he gave up in confusion.?He suddenly burst into tears,?unable to hold?in his emotions any longer.
Tomorrow, I'll be heading to Wenchuan (editor comment: the epicenter)
I am a surgeon, currently in Beijing after resigning from my job in Liverpool yesterday. My hometown is in Sichuan. There was no way I could just watch quietly overseas. I had to come back. I had to be at the frontline. On the 12th of May, a 7.8 earthquake struck my hometown. I have no idea what my hometown looks like now, but I do know that my parents, the people who gave me life and brought me up, have already died in the earthquake. My uncle told me this, news that I would gladly forgo hearing, or even letting it occur, in my entire life. My son keeps asking, what about Grandpa and Granny? Will there
be danger? I have no idea what to tell him. I cried for a day, smoked two packs of cigarettes, and finally decided that I had to go back. I'll apply for leave, or even quit my job. No matter which, I was going home. I have lost my parents, but I had to go save other parents. I have not lost my son, I have to use my abilities to ensure that other sons and daughters would be with their parents. I am back, but the rescue teams have already left. I called up several hospitals, they all told me that the rescue teams have already left. That's fine, I'll go by myself. I have booked a ticket to Chengdu at 8am tomorrow. From there I'll go to Dujiangyan, and from there, to Wenchuan, the heaviest-hit area.
I have stopped crying. I am grateful to my parents. They toiled with their hands to give me all the skills I have. I couldn't save them, but I can save other parents. Dad, Mom, your son is paying respects to you. Hopefully, you can see it from heaven. Your son is not a wastrel. Your son will let you continue smiling, even in heaven.
May Heaven protect us Chinese.
作者：王仓盛 2008-05-15 09:31:02 发表于：博客中国
This is the Prime Minister we adore
On 14th May, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao arrived in Beichuan, Sichuan to visit the victims in the morning, holding two young children fortunate to escape the collapsing of their school close to him.
"Our Prime Minister is crying," Qimeng, a journalist at the scene said. He stood near the remainder of what used to be a primary school, and shouted into the rubble, in a hoarse choked voice, to encourage the victims trapped beneath.
There were at least 300 students trapped beneath the rubble, all in severe danger. Qimeng further reveals that when one resuce attempt failed, Wen climbed up the debris in the rain without hesitation to organise a second attempt.
At 10:28am, one survivor was found among the ruins. Wen climbed to the spot where the child was to help with clearing the debris. When he saw the rescue teams free two trapped children, he was moved to tears.
"Collapsed, ruined houses can be rebuilt. As long as we?are alive, we can definitely overcome this severe natural disaster." said Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
Please Go and Save Others: Request from a 11 Year-old Girl who Survived with a Bone Fracture
May 16th, 2008, INGPAO Hong Kong
"Thank you! Thank you for your medical treatment! But please don't leave so many people with me; please go, and save others!" Kang Jie, a 11 year-old girl, who studied in the Yingxiu County of Sichuan Province, was buried under the debris of the school building, fracturing her right leg.?Isolated from the outside for 3 days and nights,she was finally rescued by a helicopter and sent to a hospital in Chengdu for?further medical treatment?on the 15th May. While the team of??five doctors and nurses were sewing up her wound, Kang Jie, however, asked them to save other people first. Her strength and consideration moved the doctors and nurses to tears.
Kang Jie used to study in the sixth grade of a primary school in Yingxiu County. When the earthquake struck, the school buildings collapsed, and she was buried under the debris. Strenuously, she made great efforts and climbed out of the debris by herself. On the 15th when Kang Jie recalled in the hospital, she said at that time she heard the cries of some teachers. She and other survivors tracked down the cries, and?pushed aside the tiles and stones, and finally saved several of those teachers.
Kang Jie's injury is not as?minor as she makes it out to be. Her right leg is fractured, and there is an 8 centimetre wound which was cut by the tiles. She said sadly,"I met my Mum on the campus after the quake. Mum?had been lightly injured?but she told me that my Daddy had sacrificed his life trying to save other people!" Due to impaired transportation, mother and daughter were trapped in the razed county of Yingxiu for more than 70 hours, until the helicopters?arrived on the 15th.?Carrying her beloved daughter, Jie's Mother ran to the helicopter and handed her to the rescuers, choosing to stay in the stricken region.
Kang Jie was sent by the helicopter to the People's Hospital of Sichuan Province in Chengdu. There five doctors and nurses sewed up her wound, comforting her, "Don't be afraid. You're safe now!" The strong little girl even did not shed a tear, moreover, she said to the doctors and nurses, "Please don't leave so many people with me. Please go and save others!" Seeing how this little girl was?this strong?and considerate, everyone was deeply moved.
Hu Weijian, the Head Doctor says, the hospital have?treated 1,200 victims, among which 30% had fractures. Through days and nights, more than one hundred nurses and doctors have been guarding their posts, rescuing the injuries, with 500 surgeries conducted till now. Owing to the unblocking of more roads, Hu believes that in that there would be more victims sent to the hospital. He says the hospital has mapped out a systematic corresponding strategy?to cope?with the emergency.
Doctor Hu points out that, the emergency rooms and operating rooms have been emptied out for the massive number of injuries.?They have also lined out a Green Pass exclusively for the ambulances. "If there is a sudden?increase of casualties?being sent to the hospital, the volunteers would carry the casualties from the ambulances?into the hospital, leaving the ambulances free to head back to the stricken region to rescue more casualties."
10T T发表于：2008/5/18 0:24:00
Child, we will be together, next life-- In memory of the children died in the earthquake
author???? unknown (original language: Chinese) ，Translated by Rolphin，Proof-trans by yev
hold on to Mommy's hand
the way to Heaven
is too dark
Mommy is afaid
you might lose your way
hold on to Mommy's hand
let Mommy leave the world together with you
the way to Heaven
is too dark
can't find your hands
had been taken away by the fallen walls
see your gentle eyes
there's no more grief on the road ahead
no more textbooks you don't like
no more spankings from your loving Daddy
you must remember
the faces of your Mommy
and your Daddy
we will spend our next life
I am not alone on the way
friends and classmates are here
every mommy is our mommy,
every child has a mommy,
the life without me,
give your love to the surviving children
I don't want you to cry
tears can't lighten the way
this is our way
let us walk by myself
step by step
I will remember you and Daddy
I will remember our promise
live our next life
莫非于 2008-5-22 0:39:00 编辑过本文
Mommy is waiting for you to return
Dedicated to the young lives lost at Juuyuan Middle School, Dujiangyan.
Yesterday was Mother's Day,
You made a greeting card for Mommy,
with your cute, colorful words inside:
"God is too busy
so he sent Mommy to take care of me
When I meet jo, someday,
I must tell him that
Mommy is the nicest angel."
The sun is shining today, bright and warm,
the world seemed to be spinning around
When I looked up,
I saw your smiling face soaring in the colorful sunlight.
you said nothing to me,
and left behind the schoolbag you always carry,
you left with the light, smiling,
no matter how hard I was crying for you.
It is dark, rain is falling
I saw people searching for you; they found your buddies in the rubble
But as for you, they still haven't got a clue.
my child, are you playing tricks on Mommy?
Did you forget the high school you wanted to go to,
that you have dreamt of for so long;
And the book you lost,
I found it for you, it was lying in the mud
You wanted to be the champion at the skateboard competition,
You wanted to have a flute solo at the Olympic opening ceremony,
You want to travel all over the world, to explore the mysterious places...
You still have a bet with Daddy about the podium results at the Olympics this year
But, we can't find you
Did you fly up to where God is to thank him personally?
You are still not back
though the rain pours harder and harder;
Stop this joke, my naughty child,
There are still a lot of things for you to do
There is no public transport to where God lives
I need you by my side.
I will be facing the east near our house, the remains of our house,
waiting for you,
when the sun rises again,
you will be back riding the golden sunlight.
I will sit here, always be here,
till you come back.
Note: This poem was written in Chinese and posted on the Internet. During translation, we took some liberties with the structure to ensure the flow of words.
?2008-05-13 19:03:41 新浪网友 IP:219.145.168.*(陕西渭南)：
7 Children Trapped for 70 hours: Shhh, Don't distract the uncles trying to save us
Beichuan local newspapers, by Hou Yucai
"Help, help… " Though every cry for help under the ruins of Beichuan was faint, they all belonged to victims determined to live. In the darkness, the trapped people under the rubble? in Bechuan Xianqu Primary School had been calling for help over and over again. After enduring the arduous 70-hour-long wait in the darkness, 7 children in Xianqu Primary School were given a second chance at life by the rescue team members from Yunnan Province. As there are still signs of life beneath the rubble at 1:30am, estimated to belong to at least 3 children, the rescue team are still fighting to rescue the trapped children as quickly as possible.
Despite the risk of a roof that could collapse any moment and the frequent aftershocks, the rescue team fought to save 7 children, working non-stop for almost a day. The cries of excitement, gratitude and love replaced deep sorrow and infected everyone around. It was not until 12-year-old Li Yue was successfully rescued did she let go of the rescuer Chen Zhen's hand. Since 7am, when he could not fufil her request to hear him sing a song, he had been grasping her hand. With his eyes filled with tears, Chen Zhen said, "She's a good girl, co-operating with our rescue efforts." He paused for while, and promised to sing the girl a song when she recovers. After hearing the voices of the medical team treating the girl, he ran back into the rubble without a moment of hesitation to help free the other children.
?"It’s great to be alive after being buried for 3 days!"
The 3-storey building of Qushan Primary School had only 2 floors left after a landslide hit it. And among the rubble of the first storey were 7 lives. "Li Yue was buried in the corner unable to move,? while a boy in front of her died after being crushed by a fallen pillar." Chen Zhen recounted, showing a tender affection for the children.
"Examine the site and fight to save lives!" Shang Zhijun, the mission chief from one of the rescue group in Sichuan ordered. And the rescue team immediately headed into the rubble. Though the roofs had been supported by the roof bars, rescuers did not dare to further stress it, fearing a collapse. Shang Zhijun explained this to the reporter in a low but worried voice.
Around 7:30am, three rescue dogs were led into the rubble, and within a minute, they had accurately located the children. The barks of the dogs excited everyone present. “It’s great that she's alive after being buried for 3 days!” exclaimed an uncle of Li Yue in tears.
Li Yue and other 5 children were stuck between two floors, buried by innumerable bricks. As there was no space for the rescue equipments, Shang Zhijun firmly ordered the team to dig out the children bit by bit.
Amputation of Leg:
"Am I the bravest, uncle?”
By removing the debris, the space near Li Yue was widened. As her left leg was firmly trapped by the roof and unable to move, Li Yue’s shank had already turned black due to lack of blood circulation. And there were other kids with the same problem right behind her.
"Consider the possibility that? we need to amputate her leg!" After the medical staff from Navy General Hospital rushed over and inspected Li Yue, the doctor announced regretfully that there was no way they could still save the leg. Preparation was made after reaching the decision and the amputation began at about 11:10am.
"Li Yue is really a well-behaved girl and I covered her eyes with a piece of gauze. I didn't want her to see everything that went on." Chen Zhen's heart is still aching as he recalled sitting through the operation with the girl. Upon hearing the doctors talking about amputating her leg, the girl anxiously begged for them to not do so. Feeling helpless, Chan used a piece of gauze to cover her eyes, telling her that they were trying to free her. After her leg? was amputated, the girl was
carried out by rescue workers about 20 minutes later. As she was freed from the rubble,? she asked. “Am I the bravest? child?" Chen Zhen pressed his lips together and covered his eyes with his hands.
Waiting for help silently:
"Shhh, don't distract the uncles trying to save us."
Buried together with Li Yue were 6 other students. When the rescuers were working to save Li Yue, the other students were communicating in whispers. "Shhh, don't distract the uncles trying to save us." A girl whose family name is Huang tried to persuade the other kids.
At about noon, while the rescue team was still busily working, aftershocks hit the area and rocks rolled down from the hill some distance away. All these reminded them that aftershocks were still hitting the area.
The 7 students were finally successfully rescued after 8 or 9 hours of hard work. In the meantime, rescuers had saved another student from another pile of rubble. The team had been working for 3 entire days without rest, nor did they spare any time for hot meals. To save time, they filled their stomachs with only biscuits and mineral water. Yet amidst the rubble in Beichuan, they are as still energetic as before, devoting themselves to the people in the disaster area.
"Thank you very much!" An old man choked back his sobs and sincerely thanked the team after he was freed from the rubble. On the way back, the old man got on the line with his children who were heading for Beichuan and happily assured them that he was well and there was no need to worry about him.
的眼泪一滴滴落在女儿的脸上…… (本文来源：东方网 )
A Lesson I'll Never Forget
May 16th, 2008, Eastern Web
On the afternoon of 12th May, the Chinese teacher was conducting a lesson in class 4, 4th grade in Beichuan Qushan primary school. Just after the teacher wrote down the five words of the title on the blackboard, the earthquake struck. The entire class and the neighbouring class (class 3), both of which were on the first floor, were crushed by two collasping upper floors.
Fan Quanyan, a ten years girl from class 3 had already held on for nearly 60 hours in the ruins before she was rescued by the rescue team. Unfortunately, she? passed away 10 minutes later. The last few words she said were, "I’m so hungry I wanted to eat soil."
"She's just gone, her body is still soft, and she may come back again if we warm her body near the fire."
Li Dongming stopped the artificial respiration, looked at the girl’s dilating pupil, and covered her body with a shroud to a sea of despairing cries. This girl was only 10 years old, and had already fought with death for 57 hours. However, she was at her limits and passed away just 10 minutes after she was rescued.
"Help, Uncle help."
There were about 500 students in Beichuan Qushan primary school. After the earthquake, the entire school building collapsed. Classes 3 and 4 were crushed under the second and third floors. Only half of the 500
On the afternoon of 14th May, when the reporter arrived, he could hear the students' crying everywhere in the ruins. From the site of where class 3 was, a young girlish voice was screaming, "Uncle! Save me! Uncle! Save me!" This girl was Fan Quanyan. She was located at the back of the classroom, where her usual seat was. Her ankles were trapped, and above her was a concrete slab hanging precariously.
"I'm so hungry I wanted to eat soil."
Rescuers from different teams rushed over. However none of them were able to free the girl due to the lack of dedicated equipments. At 10pm, the rescue team from Yunnan arrived with equipments. The team members used special cutting and separating tools to enlarge the space where Fan Quanyan's ankles were trapped.
The rescue was a success after two hours. In the meantime, the girl who has not had anything to eat during the past 60 hours cried and said that she was very hungry. Five minutes later, after she shouted "I'm so hungry I wanted to eat soil." Those were her last words. At 7minutes past midnight, she was finally freed.
"Maybe she has just fallen asleep."
While the rescue teams were starting to celebrate their success, doctor Li Dongming from Mianyang hospital, realized that the girl's hands were pale, and was unconcious. Everyone started panicking again. Li Dongming continued doing the artificial respiration and cardio- pulmonary resuscitation for the little girl with two other doctors. During the first few minutes, he could still feel her pulse, 10 minutes later, her pulse disappeared. After another 20 minutes of first aid, one of the doctors stood up and shook his head. Doctor Li covered the girl's body with the shroud...
Fan Quanfeng, the girl’s father, could not accept this harsh truth. He and his relatives kept asking the doctors if his little girl had just fainted. "Maybe she had just fallen asleep," he said. Doctor Li lifted the shroud and checked again, the miracle did not happen; the little girl had passed away.
Everyone standing around the little girl's body, lost for words. A strong and tall rescue team member grasped the father's hands and kept saying. "I am sorry. I am so sorry..."
"She may come back again if we warm her body near the fire."
Looking at the little girl's body, the father could do nothing except cry. He said, "She was so independent and did everything by herself. I do not even know what she likes and what she wants to be in the future..."
This reporter gave the father a new coat. The father and his relatives put the coat on his girl, washed the girl’s face, and kept the girl's body near a strong fire outside the school compound. They just kept feeding the fire. Fan Quanfeng just kept rubbing the girl's hands to warm them up. "She has just passed away, her body is still soft, and she may come back again if we warm her body near the fire."? The father's tears dripped onto his little girl's cold face.
At that moment, he moved us all
Before this, I have only watched people in other places suffering from natural disasters on television.This time, however, I became one of the many victims of the Sichuan Earthquake.
A senior student in Southwest University of Science and Technology who survived the May 12th disaster recounted this tale to the press.
The victims from the south of the province had been arriving in Mianyang, a city in Sichuan. The schools were greatly damaged even in our city. Our university sent the student volunteers to the places where the victims are gathering. I was thus able to see the striking contrast between the ruthlessness of nature and the loving and caring nature of people. Our task was to transfer the clothes that people had donated from Nanhe Stadium to a temporary warehouse located in a car store. And there I found a young and energetic boy working conscientiously. On our way to the temporary warehouse, he told us that he is a Primary school student, Grade 6, living in Jingzhong Road. We immediately gave him a nickname "Alarm Bell" (Jingzhong means alarm bell in Chinese) - he is really a handsome boy! At the warehouse, he worked very hard and since it was rather hot, he took off his shirt and worked energetically.
After nearly an hour of hard work, he finally took a rest on a mat in the warehouse. What did I see when he rolled up his trousers?
He was injured in his left leg and it was stilled wrapped up in gauze!
Some volunteers went up to him and gave him a bottle of water...
After which, we realized in astonishment that he was also wounded in his right leg!
We were all shocked. What is it that enabled this Grade 6 student to work this long and hard, without the company of his parents?
One of my schoolmates sent him home later, worried about his injuries festering. We were intensely moved by this little boy. As a child born in an urban area, and probably the single child in the family, he is sure to be his parents' darling. However, his behavior proved that he is a strong and indepent boy instead of a spoilt brat.
The rescuers working in the rain
On May 13th, despite the risk of collapse and aftershocks, the rescuers overcame all difficulties to rescue the injured. The earthquake caused the collapse of almost 80% of the buildings in old towns and 60% of the buildings in new towns. Many people died.
Photo by Yang Lei, Xinhua correspondent
Dujiangyan: Emergency Medical Treatment for an expectant mother
On Guan Jing Road in DuJiangYan, a expectant mother 8 months into her pregnancy in a collasped building was rescued by the team from ShanDong at 4 am May 14th.? The rescue work had already taken 8 hours. Due to aftershocks and fear of triggering a second collapse, it would take more time to rescue the mother-to-be.
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新华社照片，绵阳（四川），2008年5月14日 全力救援 5月13日，救援人员抬着一位幸存者爬上斜坡。
Mian Yang,? Sichuan
A casualty was carried on a stretcher up the slope by rescuers on May 13th.
Photo from Xinhua News Agency
北川中学的生命大营救 5月14日下午，救援人员在地震后的北川中学搜救幸存者。据现场医务人员统计，截至20时，救援人员当日在垮塌的校舍中营救出80余名师生。新华社记者 杨磊 摄
The Great Rescue in Beichuan Middle School
The rescue groups were working in Beichuan Middle School in the afternoon May 14th. Acccording to the statistics from the medical staff onsite, by 8 pm, almost 80 students and teachers were rescued from the collasped school buildings.
Photoed by YangLei, Xinhua correspondent
四川绵竹地震灾区救援工作紧张进行 5月14日上午，广东边防六支队官兵在绵竹市汉旺镇将一名受困44个小时的被埋居民成功救出。新华社发(王玉强 摄)
Rushing to rescue the casualties in Mian Zhu, Sichuan
A resident of Hanwang county in Mian Zhu, who was in trapped for 44 hours, being rescued.
Photo by Wang Yuqiang, Xinhua correspondent
绵竹汉旺镇：祖孙俩成功获救 5月14日晚，消防抢险队员在四川绵竹市汉旺镇将1岁女孩沈天奇从废墟中成功救出。四川汶川地震导致绵竹市汉旺镇建筑物大面积垮塌，许多楼房住宅严重扭曲变形，不少人被埋在废墟中。1岁女孩沈天奇和外祖母江义俊在废墟中顽强存活50多个小时后，被消防抢险队员成功救出。新华社记者 李明放 摄
Grandmother and grandchild rescued successfully
It was a miracle that an one-year-old girl was rescued from the ruins in Han Wang Town, Mian Zhu, Sichuan by the rescuers in the evening, May 14. The Wenchuan earthquake has caused the widespread collapse of the buildings. Many houses distorted out of shape, and most people were buried in the ruins. The one-year-old girl Shen Tianqi and her grandmother Jiang Yijun had been in ruins for more than 50 hours, until they were rescued finally.
Photo by Li Mingfang, a Xinhua correspondent
新华社照片，木鱼镇(四川)，2008年5月14日青川县木鱼镇灾情惨重 5月14日，武警官兵在青川县木鱼镇中学搬运遇难者遗体。木鱼中学一幢学生宿舍倒塌，***名学生仅有139人逃出，在随后的搜救中有84人生还，截至目前确认178人死亡，20多人下落不明。汶川地震造成青川县房屋严重受损，80％以上房屋垮塌，木鱼镇等乡镇损失尤为惨重。新华社记者 刘奕湛 摄
Mu Yu Town, SiChuan May 14th: suffering the great damage of the quake
The police were removing bodies from what used to be? Mu Yu Middle School. A dormitory building of the? school collapsed. Only 139 students got away. The rescue work saved 84 lives. It is confirmed that at least 178 people died, with more than 20 people still missing.? The WenChuan earthquake has caused the serious collapse in Qingchuan town. Over 80% buildings in Qingchuan collapsed. The damage in Muyu town is much more severe.
Photo by Liu Yi zhan, Xinhua correspondent
新华社照片,汶川,2008年5月14日汶川县映秀镇伤员救助工作全面展开 5月14日,救援的直升飞机在汶川县映秀镇中学外的空地上救助伤员。当日，汶川县映秀镇伤员救治工作全面展开。新华社记者 袁满 摄
Rescue work started in Yingxiu Town, Wenchuan Count, on May 14,2008
The medical helicopter treating the injured on the open space outside the middle school of Yingxiu Town, Wenchuan on May 14th.
Photo by Yuan Man, a Xinhua correspondent
BeiChuan, SiChuan: love from the world
Medical professor Sun Bo’an from America treating the injured in Beichuan. Upon hearing about earthquake, several Americans working and studying in Sichuan sent first-aid supplies and contributed their medical skills.
Photo by Jiao Weiping,? Xinhua correspondent.
新华社照片，什邡（四川），2008年5月14日 部队官兵什邡抢险救灾 5月13日，一名幸存儿童被救出。 目前，已有多支解放军、武警部队官兵抵达四川什邡市进行抢险救灾。 截至5月14日16:50，什邡市确认遇难2500余人，接受医疗重点救治3000余人，其他伤员上万人，下落不明、失去联系3万余人。目前，什邡市食品、饮用水、药品、帐篷等物资严重短缺。市粮食局已组织成品粮油650吨，在市区设立了4个供应点，并按指挥部指令分别向红白、蓥华、八角、皂角等乡镇灾民和救灾部队提供。 新华社记者李刚摄
Shifang, Sichuan on May 14th, 2008
A child was rescued on May 13th. Several rescue teams have arrived in and began rescue work at Shifang. On 16:50 May 14th, it was confirmed that at least 2500 in Shifang died, and around 3000 were seriously injured, with more than 10,000 people injured. More than 30,000 people are still missing. Currently, there is an acute lack of food, water, medicine, tents etc. Food Bureau has established 4 supply posts in the urban district with 650,000 KG of foodstuff and oil, which will be transported to the victims and rescue groups in HongBai, BaJiao, ZaoJiao etc.
Photo by Li Gang, Xinhua correspondent
救援部队徒步进入震中灾区 5月14日,参加抗震救灾的解放军第三军医大学新桥医院医疗队的医护人员身负救灾物品徒步行军。目前救援部队已徒步进入震中区域汶川县映秀镇。新华社记者 袁满 摄
The rescue groups entering the disaster areas on foot.
On May 14, a medical team? from Xinqiao Hospital walked to the disaster areas with relief supplies. Now they are reaching the epicenter, Yingxiu Town, WenChuan, SiChuan.
Photo by YuanMan, Xinhua correspondent
Doctor buried for three days joins in rescue efforts immediately
16th May 2008
Xie Shou-juuu is an obstetrician from Beichuan's People's Hospital. She was rescued from the ruins of collapsed building by the Hainan rescue team on the afternoon of 15th of May. Despite the fact that her husband was still buried in the debris, she immediately joined the rescue team as a medical staff.
At the rescue site of Beichuan's XinCheng, reporters spotted this bespectacled lady in a dress. On approaching her, they realized that she was one of the fortunate survivors that had just been rescued. After being buried for nearly three days, Xie Shou-juu joined the rescue team without a second thought, to the admiration of everyone at the site.
Xie Shou-juu recounts that when the earthquake struck, she was at home, taking a nap on the couch. All of a sudden, the couch flipped over, trapping her beneath. She knew that rescue teams would soon be on their way, and conserved her energy by not shouting for help. To cope with the lack of water, she grabbed a container and collected her urine, drinking it only when the thirst was unbearable.
On the third day, Xie Shou-juu heard the voices of the rescuers. She frantically knocked the container against the wall,? and finally attracted the attention of the rescue team. They rescued her from the ground floor of the building. As her husband was at a less accessible location, chances of survival are slim. After Xie Shou-juu was pulled free from the debris, she only drank a can of porridge, and immediately joined in the rescue efforts.