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Han Bin report: Wenchuan moves on - New life, new hope

05-12-2011 13:48 BJT Special Report:Wenchuan Quake 3 Years On |

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Three years after the earthquake ripped through Wenchuan, the region and its people have risen from the rubble. In our final episode of Wenchuan 3 Years On series, CCTV reporter Han Bin checks in with a family he interviewed just after the quake and finds out how life moves on, with new confidence and hope.

Going back to Guo Zhupu village.

We came here to find a family we interviewed after the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008.

Life has been moving on for Tang Xiaojing and his family. He's now a father of a two-year-old boy.

Tang said, “We've lost farmland and don't have money to start a business. I hope the government provides more job opportunities.”

Xioaojing’s family no longer gets government subsidies; they have to rely on themselves.

He says permanent housing does not mean you are guaranteed a good income. But the dramatic improvement of Wenchuan and its tourism-oriented changes have given him hope of finding a job in the near future.

Han Bin said, “When the earthquake hit, Wenchuan’s county seat was one of the most difficult places to reach. Surrounded by mountains, with all roads to the outside world blocked. Three years on, a bird’s eye view shows the county seat is looking better than ever.”

Three years after the quake, life has pretty much returned to normal.

The County Seat, which had been left in ruins, is now bustling with businesses.

According to the Civil Affairs Bureau, reconstruction of residential buildings and farm housing has been completed. So the Bureau’s current priority is employment.

Wang Shaojun, Deputy Director of Civil Affairs Bureau, Sichuan, said, “The local government is promoting tourism and special agricultural products to raise farmers’income. But this will be a long-term challenge and task for us. “

Tang Xiaojing is waiting for his chance.

He says he may never forget the disaster, but he now has little desire to look back.

Tang said, “For the sake of my son and those who survived, I must be strong and optimistic. We need to face reality, avoid remaining in sadness. Because it won't help.”

When we first met Tang Xiaojing, he was struggling to come to terms with his sorrow. His mother was gone. He was in the shadows.

Today, Xiaojing is holding on to every moment of happiness he can.

Yu Fawei, farmer of Guo Zhupu village, Wenchuan County, said, “The kid is growing up day by day. We have to cherish the good life today, and do not have to be sad all the time. What’s past is past. We need to look forward.”

To remember.. And to forget.

Perhaps the best way for the survivors in Wenchuan to be strong is to find the joy in life.

Han Bin said, “For the past week, I’ve taken you back to Wenchuan, to visit the people I interviewed three years ago. To see how they are doing and what needs to be done. We see both the progress of reconstruction and the difficulties encountered in the process. Revisiting Wenchuan explores the future directions of the people and the region. And through the survivors’stories, we see how life is moving on after the disaster in the new Wenchuan.”


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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