Thursday, 02. October 2014
04. 08. 14. - 16:00
A Chinese girl found living in the corner of a multi-storey car park with her dad has been given new clothes and a meal by police after the hardened officers were shocked by her story.
Wang Qing, aged five, was living together with her father Wang Pan, 37, in appalling conditions in the underground parking complex in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu Province, in eastern China. Police also found she had an untreated burn on her leg that medics said would have left her in significant pain.
The girl's father and mother had moved to the city two years ago where her father had been looking for work, leaving the girl at home with her mother.
But addicted to being online, the mum had spent most of her time on the computer, according to the girl's father. When toddler Qing had accidentally tripped over some cables and disconnected the computer, her mum had been so angry with her daughter she had thrown a cup of boiling water over her, leaving her badly scarred. A short while later the mum had left home, and unable to work while he cared for his child, her father had lost his job and then their tiny flat.
Without even the money to return home to eastern China’s Anhui Province and ashamed at his marriage breaking up, the dad moved the two of them into this garage more than a year ago and have been living there ever since.
The two had no electricity or freshwater, and lived off leftovers that the father managed to find in bins.
When police found the impoverished pair, they took them in and provided them with proper food and clothing before handing over to social workers who have since arranged medical care for Qing’s leg. They also called for society to extend a helping hand to the now 5-year-old by making donations to give them a future.
Poverty in China has substantially reduced over the past three decades – falling to 13 percent in 2010. However as was evident in Qingqing’s case, many families still fall through the cracks.
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