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Child Rescue: No Greater Love

Jul 31, 2012

An incredible story is found in today’s Daily Mail. It is an amazing tale of an elderly Chinese woman who has risked much to rescue abandoned babies. There is little I can do to add to it. I urge you to look at the piece for yourself, and be blessed by the incredible pictures which adorn the story.

As you may know, for over thirty years now China has enforced a cruel one-child policy. Forced sterilisations and forced abortions have been commonplace, and horror stories of what has transpired there are all too frequent. And because China, like so many cultures, prefers male offspring, the draconian one-child policy causes real trouble.

Many female babies are left to die, so that a couple can get the wanted son. But baby boys can also be abandoned, and in a culture which is officially so anti-child, this attitude can afflict an entire culture. But not everyone is cavalier about this. Not everyone just turns the head in the face of such suffering and tragedy.

Lou Xiaoying is one such person. She should be declared a national hero. But that is not likely to happen any time soon. But her story can be told and celebrated worldwide. She is an incredible woman, and the world needs more brave and compassionate souls like her.

Here then is the story as found in this article:

Lou Xiaoying has been praised in China for saving more than 30 abandoned babies over the years. A woman has been hailed a hero after details of her astonishing work with abandoned children has emerged. Lou Xiaoying, now 88 and suffering from kidney failure, found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province where she managed to make a living by recycling rubbish.

She and her late husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to start new lives. Her youngest son Zhang Qilin – now aged just seven – was found in a dustbin by Lou when she was 82.

‘Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me,’ she said. ‘I took him back to our home, which is a very small modest house in the countryside and nursed him to health. He is now a thriving little boy, who is happy and healthy. My older children all help look after Zhang Qilin, he is very special to all of us. I named him after the Chinese word for rare and precious.

‘The whole thing started when I found the first baby, a little girl back in 1972 when I was out collecting rubbish. She was just lying amongst the junk on the street, abandoned. She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in. Watching her grow and become stronger gave us such happiness and I realised I had a real love of caring for children.

‘I realised if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives,’ she explained. ‘These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.’ Lou, who has one biological daughter, Zhang Caiying and now aged 49, devoted her life to looking after the abandoned babies.

Word of her kind-hearted gestures has now spread in China, where thousands of babies are abandoned on the streets by their poverty stricken parents. One fan explained: ‘She is shaming to governments, schools and people who stand by and do nothing. She has no money or power but she saved children from death or worse.’ ‘In the local community she is well known and well respected for her work with the abandoned babies. She does her best. She is a local hero. But unfortunately there are far too many abandoned babies in China who have no hope of survival.

Only last week there was news of a baby lucky to be alive after having its throat cut and then put in a plastic bag and thrown in a dustbin at Anshan city, in northeast China’s Liaoning province. The baby – a girl – was thought to be a victim of the country’s one child policy where parents restricted to only having a single child prefer boys and girls are unwanted and often discarded. Infanticide of ‘guilt children’ is still a problem in rural areas but it is rare in cities, where children are usually abandoned but not killed.

The baby’s fate has horrified China. The tot was spotted when a passerby went to throw some rubbish in the bin the and saw what he thought was a dead baby in the bag. He told police that the child was purple and had not moved until he examined the bag more closely. A resident who witnessed the girl being taken to hospital said: ‘She was still breathing and had a heartbeat. Blood from the wound stained the whole body.’

Doctors said that if the baby had been left in the bag a few minutes longer she would have died of suffocation and it had already been affected by the lack of oxygen hence the purple colour. They said that the baby had been born premature and was probably between 32 and 34 weeks old and weighing just 1.4 kg. A medic said that if the cut had been just a millimetre deep in the baby would have died.

If people in the West only had that much concern for the newborn and the unborn.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2181017/Lou-Xiaoying-Story-Chinese-woman-saved-30-abandoned-babies-dumped-street-trash.html

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8 Responses to Child Rescue: No Greater Love

  • Everywhere God raises up people to do His will in this world. All glory and praise to Him!!

    Anna Cook

  • Yes quite so Anna

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • What a great story. 🙂

    Carl Strehlow

  • Praise God for this lady!! I’ll be praying for her & the little girl, and continue praying for their government!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Elisha Mckenzie

  • We need her here in Sydney. A 6 week old baby found abandoned in a Sydney street at 3.15am in the morning and twin toddlers the same night in another Sydney Suburb. Our wonderful Police Minister Mick Gallacher and Police will not charge the parents. The parents of these children as well as the Police & Minister involved should be thrown to the Kings Cross bikies. So many accidents an deaths in Sydney to kids and no one cares. Leave them in a car to die and go to work and nothing happens to mum as the mum in Toowoomba did.

    Sue Marshall

  • This has been trending on twitter since yesterday: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/15/i-wish-my-mother-aborted-me and pro-abortionists seem to even applaud what they perceive to be a ‘well-argued piece’? Strange. See there has been some replies to it:
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100176814/i-wish-my-mother-had-aborted-me-the-pro-choice-lobby-morphs-into-kevin-the-teenager/
    I called it ‘possibly the worst pro-abortion article argument ever’ O’Neill calls it ‘worst newspaper article of the year so far’.
    http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/08/the-deep-unhappiness-that-lies-behind-an-assertion-that-i-wish-my-mother-would-have-aborted-me/

    Servaas Hofmeyr, South Africa

  • And yet, when a hospital in Hamburg Germany provided a large box set into their exterior wall for mothers to place their unwanted babies, so they could be found and cared for, people complained. Though I admit it does appear to be making it to easy for the parents. You would have heard today’s controversy concerning one of the republicans in America, forgot his name at present, but people called his comments “traumatising” because he suggested that even babies conceived through rape had a right to live. The lady they interviewed on the ABC talked about the “right to abortion care”?
    She also said that “males know what is best for women”, as if that was the argument and in saying that she denies that there is a real trauma for women who have aborted and a real connection between abortion and breast cancer, but maybe that is just the figment of some male’s imagination.
    Boy, it is hard to identify with being a woman when some of them are so pigheaded and downright stupid.
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • Elisha we are much like China but we don’t see the kids. Pray also for our government. Makes me feel our protests weak compared with this lady.
    I wonder what happens when next generation complain not that their babies were adopted but that they were pressured into aborting them.
    Katherine Fishley

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