..from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
de Tocqueville – “China seems to offer the classic example of the sort of social prosperity with which a very centralized administration can provide a submissive people. Travellers tell us that the Chinese have tranquillity without happiness, industry without progress, stability without strength, and material order without public morality. With them society always gets along fairly well, never very well. I imagine that when China is opened to Europeans, they will find it the finest model of administrative centralization in the world.”
“These heartbreaking photos reveal the anguish of parents as they abandon their children in China’s so-called ‘baby hatches.’
The images taken at a centre in Guangzhou – one of 25 such hatch facilities in mainland China, spanning 10 provinces and major cities – show the last moments before parents give up their infants often due to poverty or an inability to cope with disease or disability. Abandoning children is illegal in China, but the ‘hatches’ were introduced so parents could abandon infants safely rather than leaving them in the streets.
But critics argue it encourages drastic action and believe some parents may feel it is more socially acceptable to abandon their children.
One such … hatch in opened in January, but staff were forced to shut the door just two months later after becoming overwhelmed with 262 abandoned youngsters – all of which were ill or disabled. ‘My baby cannot take care of itself when it grows up. I just want my baby to survive,’ said a mother reported the South China Morning Post.
In one of the photos an uncle is seen leaving his niece who he says is suffering from leukemia and her parents can not afford her medical bills.
After a half of century of Maocare?
Another distressing image shows a man crying after being told his baby is too old to be accepted. A parent typically opens a door and places their infant in a small room, rings a bell and leaves before welfare services collect the child.
Last month the welfare home’s director Xu Jiu announced the suspension and told Xinhua news agency: ‘I hope everyone understands the difficulties the welfare centre face.’We are temporarily closing the centre [to new babies] so that we can properly care for the infants already at the centre.’ The centre, which also cares for orphans, has 1,000 beds.
Some 10,000 children were abandoned in China every year, said Wang Zhenyao, president of the China Welfare Research Institute at Beijing Normal University. …many of these are girls and disabled children. Abandonment has been encouraged by the one-child policy and a traditional bias for sons, who support elderly parents and continue the family name, leading to the abandonment of girls.
Even as China starts to relax the one-child policy, allowing millions of families to have a second child, it still penalises people who flout the rules.”
None are as blind as those who would not see. The western admirers of the Chinese ways show either their wilful ignorance or blind adherence to the socialist ideology.