Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Becky's story

This one line haunts me:

An estimated 58 million children under 17 live without either of their parents in China's countryside.

I think it is going to be a longtime until China really comes to grip with the consequences of this and of the one-child policy. The latter has probably done an awful lot for China's growth and rise from poverty but is going to have deep societal consequences for decades on end. And all of those kids being raised without their parents is just tragic.