Rural China’s Suicide Problem – Daniel Griffiths
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]