Child Welfare

Better nutrition to combat stunting

Stunted growth in the first months of a child's life means permanent stunted development of the brain and cognitive capacity. Photo: Unicef

Stunting, a little-reported, recognised or understood human tragedy, blights the lives of some 165 million children worldwide.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:02am

How Hong Kong youths are touring the 'real' China

From left to right, Service Corps volunteers Ivy Cheuk Hiu-wai, Joanne Wong Yi-sin and Adam Fok Tsz-nam. Photo: SCMP

Wujiang in Shaoguan city is just a stone’s throw away from Hong Kong but living conditions there may be outside the average Hongkonger’s comfort zone.

Roads in the northern Guangdong village, if any, are muddy and potholed. Wild ducks can be seen swimming in the puddles. Pollution is so bad no one dares to drink, cook or bathe with tap water.

20 Apr 2013 - 12:19pm

Indian malnutrition fund used to fix buses

A fund of millions of dollars raised to help malnourished children in western India has been diverted to maintain public buses, a report said on Friday.

The “Child Nutrition Surcharge” was set up 16 years ago to collect a small percentage of each bus ticket fare in major cities in Maharashtra state, where thousands of children die from malnutrition each year.

8 Mar 2013 - 6:07pm

Young boys found dead in Guizhou shack

The latest tragedy has echoes of a similar case in the same area where five young boys died in a dumpster. Photo: Li Yuanlong/AP

Five young boys in China’s southwestern Guizhou province died of suffocation on Monday in a deserted shack, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:09pm

Leung Chun-ying urged to act on 'nomadic' children

Sze Lai-shan, an organiser with the Society for Community Organisation. Photo: May Tse

A tiresome shuffle back and forth across the border is disrupting the lives and education of an estimated 7,000 Hong Kong children, activists and families said yesterday, calling for government action.

12 Feb 2013 - 9:49am 1 comment

China Digest, February 12, 2013

Travel agencies in Jiangsu say their business has suffered after the central government waived highway tolls during the Lunar New Year holiday.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

Orphanage manager pledges to stop taking abandoned children after fire tragedy

Yuan Lihai. Photo: Xinhua

Yuan Lihai, the 48-year-old woman who ran an unlicensed orphanage in central China’s Henan province, said she would not adopt any abandoned children in future, the Beijing Times reported on Tuesday.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:20pm 2 comments

Orphanages to be probed after fatal fire

Government will carry out a month-long inspection of orphanages run by individuals and private operators after a house fire that claimed seven young lives in Henan province, Xinhua reported yesterday.

The local government in Lankao county was under fire after it admitted that it had tolerated  an illegally run orphanage operated by Yuan Lihai, a noodle vendor, for years.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:20pm

Official neglect of orphans a tragedy

Yuan Lihai, the owner of the adoptive family suffering from fire accident. Photo: Xinhua

In November, five boys who were all related and ranged in age from nine to 13, died in a trash bin in Bijie, Guizhou province, after they apparently started a charcoal fire to keep warm and succumbed to carbon-monoxide poisoning.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:20pm 4 comments

Official response to Guizhou child deaths invokes anger

Refuse bins in Guizhou showing the new local government warning. Picture: SCMP Photos

The deaths of five boys in a refuse bin in Bijie city, Guizhou province, last month has heightened concerns over the plight of China’s street children.

The boys succumbed to carbon-monoxide poisoning from burning charcoal.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:33pm 1 comment

Boys' deaths highlight 'left-behind children'

The rubbish bin in Bijie where the children died. Photo: AP

Mainland news outlets have been brushing up on their Danish fairy tales as they struggle to understand the deaths of five young boys who were huddled in a large refuse bin on chilly night in remote Guizhou province this month.

25 Nov 2012 - 4:11am

Officials sacked as five boys die in Guizhou dumpster

Officials acknowledged five boys died in this bin after outrage on the internet. Photo: SCMP

Eight officials in the Guizhou city of Bijie have been sacked or suspended for failing to protect the welfare of five boys found dead in a rubbish bin last week.

The victims, aged nine to 13, appeared to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, after climbing into the dumpster and lighting a fire to escape the cold, the Bijie municipal government said in a statement yesterday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am 1 comment

Merkel raises childcare benefit, axes health charge, a year before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote. Photo: AFP

German lawmakers voted on Friday to increase childcare benefits and end an unpopular medical charge less than a year before a general election.

The measures' cost totals about €3 billion (HK$29.6 billion) at a time when German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has been urging other European nations to rein in spending and reduce public debt.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

Father leaves his three children to fend for themselves

Police are looking for the father of three children aged nine to 13 who has left them unattended in a Sheung Shui village house since September.

The Hongkonger, thought to be between 40 and 50 years old, had visited his children three times since they moved in about eight weeks ago, police said.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:55am

China Digest, October 22, 2012

China Digest, October 22, 2012


Autumn lovers in a jam

22 Oct 2012 - 4:13am