China’s Stolen Children

It’s easy to be wrapped up in your own life. In your own life, you are responsible for only yourself, your problems belong to you, and for the most part, you know what’s going on. It isn’t necessarily a selfish way to live; it’s the safer, less overwhelming way to live. Nevertheless, I think it’s very important to know what’s going on not just in your neighborhood, but across the country and across the world.

Until I saw this documentary, I had absolutely no idea what was going on in China. I hadn’t seen any news reports or stumbled upon any articles while online. Of course China is extremely secretive on anything pertaining to its people or government, however, some news do generate over the airwaves reaching us in America, but I guess this topic just didn’t reach us.

There is dire and cryptogenic world that China is shamefully trying to hide, involving it’s own children. We all know at least a little something about the harsh reality of China’s one-child law. We can imagine the impact that has on families pregnant with a second child or a first born female child. But digging a little deeper, we discover something that we couldn’t even fathom.

HBO did a very informing and chilling documentary on China’s Stolen Children. Posing as tourists with cameras, the film crew secretly followed the lives of a couple who’s son was kidnapped at age 5, a detective that dedicated his career to recovering the stolen children, couples bargaining for a deal of buying children, a couple asking for their first born daughter to be sold, and even an agent, whose livelihood is selling children, who also sold his own- for money to care for him and his first born. This film takes you face to face to the crisis that’s sucking the lives out of China’s poorest people.

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