Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Zhang Shuqin's children

Children of convicts, shunned in China, find friendly refuge
If you are going to gather a set of outcast children in China, provide them decent food, a sense of family, and moments to laugh - all with zero official support - you'd better be plenty tough.

But for Zhang Shuqin, being tough, or simply smart, isn't enough. A commitment to her children requires something special: A steady fight for their innocence in the face of crime and punishment.

Ms. Zhang's 250 kids live in four "villages" in north China that she started. The children exist in a little regarded category: The offspring of convicted criminals still behind bars.


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