• Thu
  • Sep 18, 2014
  • Updated: 5:09am

Street children

Briefs, December 21, 2012

Taiwan's ex-president Chen Shui-bian - already serving an 18-1/2-year prison term for corruption and money-laundering - was yesterday convicted and sentenced to another 10 years for taking bribes from a local financial group, the island's Supreme Court said. 

Friday, 21 December, 2012, 4:34am

Official response to Guizhou child deaths invokes anger

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'

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

Guizhou man who broke tragic story of dumpster boys sent on 'vacation'

A former journalist who broke the story of the deaths of five street children in Bijie, Guizhou, a week ago has been sent on "a vacation" by local authorities trying to contain the fallout from the tragedy.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:54pm 7 comments

Officials sacked as five boys die in Guizhou dumpster

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