Saturday, November 22, 2008

Poverty in China

While in Shanghai we stayed at Fudan University hotel--clean, beautiful and classic-- but when venturing into the heart of the city with Andy as our tour guide a different story unfolds. Beggars kissing the floor, laying face down on the sidewalk, a plastic Dixie cup set in front to collect acts of kindness. Women clutch screaming babies as they walk down the street jangling their cups at your face. Is this China? No, this is poverty. A man wrapped in a body bag, eyes shut, lips trembling, his convulsing in prayer kneeling by his side.

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