Letter from a Beichuan Mother

Posted on March 20, 2009

“... lived happily in this world for seven years.”
“Today we had a meeting, they talked about maintaining stability. They say there are more than fifteen hundred deceased children. They say that stabilizing our families will stabilize Beichuan. But I just want more people to know about my darling daughter ... who once lived happily in this world for seven years.” 

I hesitate to omit the name of this “darling daughter” here, in deference to the “stability” that the Beichuan government craves. But only in that way will her mother be spared being “stabilized” first.