Readers help girl whose sad story moved them
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.