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10 Years On: Southwest China's Quake-affected Women Embark on a New Journey

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Many quake-affected women from Beichuan in southwest China's Sichuan Province have made a remarkable improvement of their personal lives and regained their faith in their future lives over the last decade.

The county and neighboring areas suffered huge losses in terms of human lives and properties in an 8.0-magnitude earthquake on May 12, 2008.

Shortly after the devastating natural disaster, nationwide psychological experts flooded into the region and offered local people counseling services in a drive to help them better overcome the associated difficulties and setbacks.

Right now, local people have returned to their normal lives and have found happiness.

Xie Shouju, an employee of the local bureau of health, and her husband, Tang Xiong, were rescued from the ruins of their former workplace, the local hospital. She explained that the natural disaster had not only improved their relationship but also helped them redefine what love is.

So far, the couple have already moved from temporary shelters into a new house and had a daughter who is named in memory of the quake and those who extended a hand to them in the process. They have worked in their separate positions since to help more people improve themselves.

Xia Xiuhua, a rural woman from a mountainous village, lost her former husband in the earthquake. She has since remarried and had her second son.

Right now, Xia is satisfied with her life because her family have not only moved into a new apartment but are also in a better economic condition through her personal endeavors and favorable policies.

The improvement of their lives is living evidence to demonstrate the rebirth and fast development of Beichuan over the past ten years.

Statistics show that the quake-affected county has invested over 5.7 billion yuan in its decade-long reconstruction and built a total of 57,060 houses for local people. In addition, the per capita disposable income of rural residents there reached 11,814 yuan as of December last year, up 4.2 percent compared with that of before the quake.

Meanwhile, Feng Tao, an employee from the local women's federation, has been closely engaged in poverty alleviation work in another mountainous village in Beichuan for the past three years. She has led local residents to form their own rural cooperative, cultivate commercial agriculture, and raise lucrative wild boars as part of efforts to lift them out of poverty.

So far, the development of rural tourism and the dedication to eliminate poverty have brought more tangible benefits to local people and given them new faith in their lives.


Three women of the Qiang ethnic group work on their embroidery products in a store. [Xinhua]


(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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