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Chinese girl, abandoned weeks after birth, lives in hope of discovering parent’s fate

Yang Xiuxia’s parents left her with a neighbour as a newborn when they had to return to their hometown in Sichuan – just days before it was wiped off the face of the earth

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 February, 2017, 5:44pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 February, 2017, 8:11pm

A nine-year-old girl in southern China has sold vegetables on the street for five years as a way to draw attention in finding her parents who deserted her while she was an infant, a newspaper reported.

When she was just one month old in 2008, Yang Xiuxia’s parents left her in the care of their neighbour Huang Mengyi, who is now over 70, the Nanfang Daily reported on Saturday.

Every day after school, for the past five years, Xiuxia has been selling vegetables at a local market in Dongguan, Guangdong province, as a way to make a living but also in the hope that she would one day attract the attention of her birth parents.

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“Dear Mum and Dad, how are you? You left me with an old lady when I was sick in 2008. Now I am well. Please take me home,” Xiuxia wrote on a card beside her stall.

Her parents told Huang at the time that they had to return to their hometown, Wenchuan in Sichuan province, to take care of their sick parents.

They said they could not take Xiuxia along because she was very ill at the time, and promised Huang that they would return in a week.

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A few days later, China’s worst earthquake in decades struck near Wenchuan, claiming tens of thousands of lives across the province.

The couple never returned to Dongguan and nothing was heard from them. It is not known whether they had indeed abandoned Yang or were victims of the earthquake.