4K Orphaned in China Quake

Adoption requests pouring in from across country
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2008 1:26 PM CDT
4K Orphaned in China Quake
Children attend a mourning ceremony for victims in the quake-hit Qingchuan county, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Monday morning, May 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Tao Ming)

The earthquake that killed more than 51,000 Chinese when it ripped through Sichuan province on May 12 also left more than 4,000 children parentless, a Chinese official said today—and the actual number could be yet higher because many remain missing. The Chinese people are rushing to adopt those orphans, another official said. “Every day my ministry receives hundreds of calls.” (More China stories.)

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