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Quake Grief Compounded for Single-Child Chinese Families

Loss of child is devastating for those who followed one-child policy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 9:26 AM CDT
Quake Grief Compounded for Single-Child Chinese Families
Relatives cry as rescuers search for victims in the earthquake-affected Dujiangyan of southwest China's Sichuan province Wednesday, May 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Color China Photo)

(Newser) – Thousands of parents in China's earthquake-hit Sichuan province are grieving for their children today and for most, the misery is particularly heart-wrenching because they have lost their only child, reports the New York Times. China's one-child policy was strictly enforced in the poor and populous province, and the quake took a heavy toll on its young as schools collapsed.

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"Our grief is incomparable,” said one man as he and his wife clothed their daughter's naked body in the morgue. “We got married late, and had a child late. She is our only child.” (Read more China stories.)

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