采访编辑/ 张天宇 后制/孙宁
Chinese Society: Elderly People Abandoned, Children Sold
Societies elderly and children are
vulnerable, and should be cared for.
In China, however, many elderly people are abandoned
by their families, while many parents sell their children.
People are condemning these actions, and
are considering the cause of the tragedy.
Has it been caused by deteriorating morality, degrading
society or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) system?
Chinese media reported on a young jobless couple
who were in their 30s, relying on their parents to live.
The couple had an additional baby
girl, breaching China’s one-child policy.
The couple listed the baby girl as being for sale
on the internet. The baby was subsequently sold.
Their bank statement showed that after their baby was sold,
they used the money to buy an iPhone, and branded trainers.
The thousands in cash earned from the sale soon ran out.
The incident was exposed, triggering
wide discussions in Chinese society.
Many people condemned the couple, saying
that they had no virtue, and were mercenary.
Some people suggest not blindly criticizing the couple,
because their actions just reflect the distorted society.
Mu Chuanhang, Writer: “Today, declining
morality is a very important factor.
It is about money, a society of money, with people’s
moral philosophy and thought gradually perverted.
In addition, uneven distribution of wealth and prominent
social contradictions caused human nature to distort.”
In Mainland China, parents selling
their children is not an isolated case.
Sources say that on October 17, 2012, four
gangs responsible for trafficking children were
uncovered in Guangdong, Jiangmen and Dongguan.
14 children were found being sold by their parents.
The majority of the parents were from poor families.
They sold their children for 20,000 to
30,000 yuan, which is $3,280 to $4,924.
In China more and more families can’t afford to have a child,
so they plan not to give birth, or postpone having a baby.
China’s one-child policy, with it’s huge penalties for having
an additional baby force poor families to give them away.
These families resort to selling or abandoning them.
An official survey showed that in 13 Chinese cities,
10.2% of mothers have said that “with a low income,
and no savings, they worry they can’t afford a baby.”
In another survey, four out of seven male respondents
answered that they couldn’t afford to have a child.
Wei Zhenling, Zhejiang Youth Daily reporter:
“Young couples were born in the 1980s or 1990s.
They face great pressure from society, and it
becomes a priority for them to be able to survive.
If they can’t afford to survive, how
can they take responsibility for others?”
Apart from bringing up children, it also becomes a
problem in Chinese society of how to support parents.
Guangzhou Daily reported that an elderly person
in her 70s was missing her son.
During the bank holidays in October,
she traveled for more than 10 days to Guangzhou.
When she arrived, her son sent her directly to Guangzhou
Relief Station, telling her “they will buy you a ticket home”.
Then he turned away. The elderly person couldn’t catch
up her son, and saw him leave as she cried out loudly.
Wei Zhenling: “When a dictatorial regime nears
collapse, some unexpected things will happen.
This is totally against human
nature and basic social morality.”
Radio France Internationale reported that Guangzhou
Relief Station receives 2 or 3 similar cases each week.
Shandong Relief Center: “There are various cases,
including some elderly people who have illnesses.
Some often wander around outside,
as their families can’t afford to support them.”
The One-Child Policy causes a rapid aging society in China.
According to statistics, 180 million
people in China are over 60 years old.
In 30 years, China will become the country
with the highest aging population in the world.
Thus, more and more elderly people
have no support, or are being abandoned.