The sad consequences of China's one-child policy 0The sad consequences of China's one-child policy 0

(Dan Tri) – Policy 1 also aims to control the birth rate in China, which is said to have led to many tragedies in society, including the case of parents `the one with the white head seeing off the one with the green head`,

Propaganda painting for the one-child policy in China in 1992 (Photo: AFP)

`Both my husband and I were born under Mao Zedong. We complied with the government’s call,` said Ms. Wang Aiying, 63, a woman experiencing the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

She and her husband only had 1 child under the above policy.

Ms. Wang, 26 years old at the time, had given birth to her first child.

Tragedy struck in 2012, son Chang Jia was diagnosed with cancer and completely unresponsive to treatment.

Bitter experiences

Shortly after her son’s death, Ms. Wang applied for a $450 monthly pension for parents with only one child, a program offered by the Chinese government.

That was just the first experience that Mrs. Wang encountered when becoming `Shidu` parents.

“Sometimes people insult me because my child passed away,” Ms. Wang said.

The sad consequences of China's one-child policy

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Ms. Wang’s husband, Mr. Chang Shunde, 67 years old, is recovering from a stroke in 2012. He can barely walk and cannot speak or hear clearly.

The one-child policy came into effect in 1980. The policy required couples to have only one child so that by the end of the 20th century, China’s population would be below 1.2 billion.

`My wife was forced to have an abortion when she was 4 months pregnant,` recalled Mr. Zhao Bingyi, 66 years old in Handan.

The only child they had, Zhao Jingxuan, unfortunately died in an accident at the age of 27 in 2005. Talking about the tragedy of his life, Mr. Zhao tried to show restraint, but still took off his glasses and wiped them.

With a $375 pension and a $51 first-child allowance, Mr. Zhao put his only hope in his 14-year-old niece.

What hope for the future?

The sad consequences of China's one-child policy

Lone parents participating in psychotherapy.

On April 18, 2016, Mr. Zhao and 20 like-minded people in Handan along with hundreds of other `lonely` parents protested in front of the National Commission on Health and Family Planning, in

The Chinese government soon realized the implications of this problem in 2001 and began to subsidize `lone` parents under the Population and Family Planning law.

Also according to the population law, many local authorities have provided support to `lone` parents with medical care and daily support services.

Professor Qiao Xiaochun, of the Peking University Population Research Center, said that although the Chinese government has issued many laws, their implementation is not really effective.

He believes that psychological trauma and age problems make `lonely` parents more depressed than poverty.

Liu Fengqin, a therapist at Maple Women’s Psychological Counseling Center in Beijing, said `lonely` parents often choose to live a reclusive life and do not want to communicate.

And in the end, what they care about most is not money, they just want their words, their pain to be heard, understood and shared.

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