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Quake children perform to thank world

YOUNG survivors from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake staged an English-language play at the World Expo today to thank the international community for helping them after the disaster.

Six children from Pengzhou, Sichuan Province, only 20km from the epicenter, played "The race between the tortoise and the rabbit" at the ROK Business Pavilion in the Puxi site.

They revised the traditional tale to show that the tortoise almost wins the race when an earthquake happens and destroys all the buildings.

"Nothing is important than staying alive. We can build the house together," the children said in the end of the play.

The 12-year-old Zhu Jianwen, the "tortoise," said they spent three months to practice their English for the play. His house collapsed and his parents were injured in the quake.

"We are working hard on English because it is a useful tool to communicate with people around the world," Zhu said.

Wang Chuan, the principal of Pengzhou Elementary School, said most of the children's homes were destroyed by the earthquake and some of them and their relatives were injured by the disaster.

Their new school has been built with donations from many South Korean companies and more than 1,400 children are studying at the school.


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