Yuan Lihai

Son-in-law defends China's 'orphan saviour' over property ownership

Yuan Lihai. Photo: Xinhua

The son-in-law of China’s controversial “orphan saviour”, Yuan Lihai, denied allegations on Tuesday made by

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 12:55pm

Who said it?

Yuan Lihai (centre)

After these children were born, no one wanted them. All I wanted was to let them live

Yuan Lihai on the disabled children she took care of, seven of whom died in a fire last week


Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt

Anne Hathaway on her Golden Globe victory


15 Jan 2013 - 3:51am

China's orphan saviour devastated by deadly fire (video)

Yuan Lihai took in children with defects and problems, like albinism and cleft palates. Photo: China Foto Press

Poor stallholder Yuan Lihai launched a personal war against China's lack of child care, but she may now face criminal charges of negligence over the deaths of seven children in her unlicensed orphanage

5 Apr 2013 - 1:54pm 4 comments

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

Unlicensed orphanage vows to stay open after fatal fire

Yuan Lihai has taken in more than 100 children over the past 26 years at an unlicensed orphanage in Henan. Photo: Xinhua

An unlicensed Chinese caretaker vowed on Sunday to continue sheltering orphans and other vulnerable children two days after a fire killed seven people staying with her, state media said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Seven children killed in Henan orphanage fire

Yuan Lihai and a girl she adopted. Photo: screenshot from Sina Weibo.

Seven children were killed in a fire at a private orphanage in Henan province on Friday morning, according to reports on several Chinese websites.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:21pm