Chun spoke constantly of the village where she came from. It is 5 hours' drive from Shenzhen. Chun is the eldest child of a farmer and housewife. She has another two younger brothers and a sister. She has another younger sister who was given away. The other one was almost given away too.
Chun said her mother was getting ready to send her youngest sister away when suddenly it rained. And it was pouring cats and dogs. By the time the rain stopped, it was night time. So her mother decided to keep the baby. And Chun felt that it was God's will because this little girl grew up to be bright, beautiful and filial. She was a great help around the house.
Because of China's one-child policy, parents were not allowed to have more children. And it being the tradition, boys are usually favoured after girls. For the poor farmers, having boys could help them in their farming of the land and bring in extra help when they marry. They lose a family member if they were to have daughters. And they feel that it is a waste of money to bring up daughters who would belong to another family when they get married.
Chun used to witnessed horrific deeds when she was young. Baby girls, only a few days' old, were left on the highways to be run over by cars and trucks. She was curious and had actually went to take a look at a baby who was run over by a car. Her tiny body was flattened into a bloodied mess!
In the village was a woman who gave birth to 5 daughters. She gave away all her daughters. Finally when she gave birth to the 6th daughter, she brought the one-day old baby to a stream behind her house one night. With a knife, she severed all the veins of the tiny baby!!!! She wanted to cut off the 'line of daughters' she was destined to have. (断筋脉 - 无知愚腐的迷信!) Oh My God!!!! What a heinous crime!
This is horrendous!!! I couldn't believe my ears. A tiger may be ferocious but they don't eat their own cubs. (虎毒不食子!)
I wanted to know if the woman was arrested and hung. Chun said it was common for villagers to act this way, so nobody was reported. There would be the occasional dead baby in the stream, some quietly buried their baby girls in the field as fertiliser..... The villagers know what is going on but because almost everyone does it, so nobody finds it wrong. And the woman finally got her son, on her 7th attempt.
I finally realise what I would want to do for the rest of my life. I want to save the many girls who are not given a chance to live. To help the girls and women who are depraved of their rights as a human, depraved of an education and denied a normal life.
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