Quake Survivors Find Love Among the Ruins

Hundreds remarry in quake-devastated Chinese city
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2009 5:43 AM CDT
A woman cries beside the river in Beichuan, southwest China's Sichuan Province, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jiang Hongjing)
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(Newser) – A year after the quake that devastated China's Sichuan province, many survivors have new loves if not new homes, the Guardian reports. In Beichuan—where only
4,000 of the town's 22,000 people survived—some 600 widows and widowers have remarried, and the government hopes more will soon follow as the town rebuilds.

Officials warn that life will be far from easy for the new couples, with trauma, grief, and the needs of extended families all putting pressure on the relationships. But many survivors are glad to have a new anchor amid the devastation and the transience of resettlement camps. "Sometimes she talks about her late husband and I mention my late wife," one newlywed said. "We trust each other."