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Parents grieve for their lost children

THE earthquake in Sichuan brought down Juyuan Middle School in Dujiangyan City, crushing hundreds of students to death.

Some parents of those killed in Class 5 of Junior Secondary 3rd Year recall their darkest days:

Zheng Yufang, 37, mother of Zhu Yong

"I used to do some business. But now I just stay in my room passing the days. It's been hard on my family. My son is dead, my husband was injured, and we have my husband's 90-year-old grandmother at home with us.

"My boy's school performance weren't great. Boys at that age do like to play. Last night I dreamt of him. I dreamt he called on the phone and I asked, 'Who's that?' He said, 'Mom, it's me your son.' I asked him where he was and he said, 'I've gone away'."

Zhou Huifang, 40, mother of Gao Li

"Nowadays I feel a bit better but it's hard. Many families have already had another child, but my health may not be up to it. I'd like to have one but I don't know."

Yu Chunlin, 40s, father of Yu Jihong

"We're getting ready to have another child. It should be in late May. That will take a load off my mind. Slowly you have to learn to look ahead. It's hard, but you have to."

Dong Tianqun, 40, mother of Dong Yang

"Dong Yang loved to sing. Her father was a Tibetan and she always fancied herself as a star. But she told me she wanted to be a doctor, because I've got so many sick people in my family. I divorced in 1994, and after that it was just me and Dong Yang. I'd like to have another child, but I have to find a husband first. I've told myself I won't find one until I avenge Dong Yang."


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