Rural China’s Suicide Problem – Daniel Griffiths

_42996175_li203.jpg China has one of the highest rates of female suicide, especially in the poor rural areas. From BBC News:

In his small home, deep in the poor mountainous north of China, Sun Jiangbao slowly lifts himself from his bed into his wheelchair. A recent mining accident left him paralysed from the waist down.

That alone would be hard enough to live with. But just a few years before the accident his wife killed herself by drinking poison after they got into an argument.

Now every day is a struggle to survive. The only person left to care for him is his 60-year-old mother.

Three times more women kill themselves in the countryside than in the cities.

More women kill themselves than men in a country where the number of suicides every year is 50% higher than the global average. [Full text]

June 5, 2007 4:47 PM
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