Read­ers help girl whose sad story moved them

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

A 12-year-old girl whose heart­break­ing es­say about her tragic loss of both par­ents went vi­ral on the In­ter­net has re­ceived help from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, a char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion and thou­sands of ne­ti­zens.

The girl, named Mukuyi­wumu (Liu Yi as pen name), is a fourth­grade stu­dent in a poor vil­lage in Meigu county of Liang­shan Yi au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in Sichuan province. She lives with her pa­ter­nal grand­mother af­ter her fa­ther died of ill­ness in 2010 and her mother died of a heart at­tack in 2014.

In her es­say writ­ten in class in June, she de­scribed her mother’s poor health and death in a mov­ing way. “My text­book said there is a place called Sun Moon Lake (in Tai­wan), that’s formed with tears I shed for miss­ing my mom,” read the es­say.

The hash­tag #the sad­dest es­say writ­ten by a pri­mary school pupil# be­came a hot topic on Sina Weibo, a Twit­ter-like so­cial net­work­ing site. It was read by more than 5 mil­lion peo­ple by Tues­day af­ter­noon. Many ne­ti­zens for­warded the story pref­aced with “tears”.

Do­na­tions flooded in af­ter the story spread online. By Wed­nes­day noon, the Sichuan branch of sina.com had re­ceived about 430,000 yuan ($70,000) for its char­ity pro­gram called “Help Chil­dren in Liang­shan Moun­tains”. Do­na­tions via var­i­ous online chan­nels amounted to 920,000 yuan, ac­cord­ing to sina.com.

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