The Price of Coal – Wu Nan

 Content Image 1595 Coalminer “China’s behemoth economy may have been built on it, but the people who live in the country’s coal producing regions have been suffering the consequences for decades.” CDT’s Wu Nan tells the story of one young man who decided to fight back. From The Chinadialogue:

Hao Hualin calls the place where he grew up, “Talking Graves.” Ever since he could remember, the ground has shifted and twisted beneath the homes of Haojia Zhai, causing roofs to fall, walls to collapse and houses to slide. Piles of gray bricks and broken glass are all that remain now of Hao’s old village.

“When I walk by these houses, I feel like I’m hearing screams and echoes for ‘HELP’ coming out from the ruins,” said Hualin. “It’s like voices from graveyards.” [Full Text]

[Image source: www.chinadialogue.net]

January 2, 2008 6:34 PM
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