Children’s deaths in China are magnified by the cultural imperative of descendants and increasing financial pressures for the elderly.
May 20, 2013Xu Min, 53, of Beijing and his wife lost their 23-year-old son in a car accident last September. A little discussed yet devastating consequence of China's one-child policy is the growing number of parents suddenly left childless when their only child dies. Many such bereaved parents — numbering more than a million — are physically too old to conceive again. Most experience depression and struggle financially to support themselves in old age. Many say they have nothing to live for. William Wan/The Washington Post
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