China’s one-child policy means every child you see is an only child. When a Chinese couple loses a child, they lose everything. As the Three Dog Night song says, “One is the loneliest number…”
Asiana Flight 214 Crashed in San Francisco, carrying 291 passengers of whom 70 were Chinese teachers and students on vacation to our country. The only known fatalities are two Chinese middle school girls.
Medics found the bodies of two Chinese girls on the runway, next to the burning wreckage. The airline identified the girls as students Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16. — CNN US News
Anxious parents gathered Sunday around the gate outside Jiangshan Middle School , said student Jiang Wenbin, 19….”They are worried, and nervous, waiting for the news. They only have one kid in the family, so I understand them,” Jiang said. — USA Today
What Can I Do?
Parents of Wang Linjia grieve over death of their daughter.
Knowing each child is an only child, I can imagine the torment, the profound grief of the surviving parents. What can I do?
Holy Scripture commands us to “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” (Romans 12:15 KJV)
This morning, I wept when I learned the fatalities were two children, two only children. One is indeed the loneliest number.
Please pray that the surviving parents will be comforted.