As word comes of the hundreds, maybe thousands of children lost in the earthquake, I am finding these emails almost too painful to write. When I think of so many parents who have lost their only child - so many children newly orphaned - so many families destroyed - there are no words….
As of now, Thursday afternoon in China, there are 14,866 people confirmed dead, 14,463 in Sichuan Province. There are 22,438 people reported missing – 21,020 of them in Deyang alone. There have been 3,300 aftershocks and they continue.
In Chengdu, the city continues to experience aftershocks and the orphanage in Chengdu afraid that its water supply will be cut off again. The orphanage staff is also having trouble finding sufficient supplies of milk and formula. In Mianyang, Hanzhong, and Dujiangyan, the children have been evacuated and basic supplies are scarce.
Our hearts and prayers today are especially with the parents who have lost their children in the collapse of schools - Muyu, Xinjian, Juyuan, Liangping, and the rest.
Please give what you can to Half the Sky Children’s Emergency Fund to help the children who survive go on with their lives.
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