Long Wait for China Quake Survivors

Al Jazeera reports:

With winter approaching, survivors are still waiting for compensation promised by the government. Some refugees are still living in temporary camps, with unemployment as high as 80%, and some have charged local governments with stealing money from government compensation funds:

In one town [the Al Jazeera correspondent] found riot police and plain clothes officers deployed to control a crowd of protesters outside a local government office... Some accused corrupt local officials of stealing the promised compensation.

“We’re supposed to get $60 per square metre compensation for our destroyed houses,” one survivor said.

“But they’re only offering us $15 – where has the rest of the money gone?”

November 11, 2008 3:21 PM
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