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Clothes for China quake victims go unwanted
Wed Aug 27, 12:14 AM ET BEIJING (AFP)
- Mountains of clothes donated to victims of China's devastating earthquake are being auctioned off, recycled into mops or left in warehouses because no-one wants them, state press reported Wednesday.
MORE than three months after an earthquake killed 70,000 people in Sichuan, not a single orphan has been adopted. The process has been blighted by bureaucracy and by the unwillingness of Chinese families to take injured, disabled or older children.
China earthquake: Chinese one-child families rush to take in orphans
But Mrs Li faces stiff competition. The Chaoyang district branch of the Beijing Civil Affairs Department, just one of 16 such offices in the Chinese capital, said that more than a thousand couples hoping to adopt a Sichuan orphan had already registered with them.
CHENGDU, Aug. 23 (Xinhua)
-- Civil affairs authorities in China's quake-hit Sichuan Province on Saturday issued the first list of 88 children orphaned in the May 12 earthquake for adoption.
"The status of orphan can only be determined with death certificates of both parents, which should be given by police or hospital departments. Those whose parents are missing must wait for a court to declare their parents dead after two years," said Jiang Tao, a Sichuan adoption official.
He said his colleagues were still working to find relatives of orphans.