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Special> Aftermath of the Quake> Beijing Review Exclusive
UPDATED: May 27, 2008 Web Exclusive
Emotions in Words
Bittersweet snapshots captured in the wake of the earthquake

"Hey, my dear! If you survive, please remember that mummy will always love you."

During her last moments, kneeling on the ground and holding her baby tight in her arms, a mother saved an SMS on her cell phone and hid the phone in the baby's clothes. The baby survived.

"Don't cry, daddy. I'll be strong."

Fan Quanyan, a 10-year-old girl from Qushan Primary School of Beichuan County, comforting her father from under the rubble

"I was scared because it was totally dark under the rubble. I was freezing and hungry. The only way to relieve my fear was by reading."

Deng Qingqing, a girl from Yinghuazhen Middle School of Shifang City, was reading a book by flashlight when rescuers reached her

"I do hope that biscuits like this, as well as mineral water, can reach more and more quake-affected victims."

Liu Yixue, a female student of Beichuan Middle School, arrived in Beijing with two of her schoolmates on an invitation from China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, bringing biscuits from her hometown

"Today, May 13, is my 20th birthday. I'll never forget tonight because I'm celebrating my birthday under the rubble. Thank you for rescuing me."

Jiao Zhengjiao, a girl who was found alive under the rubble of a residential complex in Dujiangyan City, celebrated her birthday by chatting with rescuers

"Happy birthday to you!"

Rescuers sang for Jiao Zhengjiao after she was pulled out of the rubble

"Never mind! I don't feel scared. Please save them first!"

A boy from Beichuan County gave priority to several of his peers by refusing to be rescued. He was the last survivor pulled out of the site

"Man has to learn how to be strong under such despairing circumstances."

Wen Jian, a 27-year-old man from Shifang City, survived by drinking urine and eating a small piece of glutinous rice dumpling, during his 48-hour ordeal

"Let me go to save more lives, please!"

A young soldier after saving a boy, requesting permission to squeeze into the rubble again, regardless of the likelihood of the surrounding buildings collapsing from aftershocks

"Sorry dad, I can't escort you home, I have to obey orders. Please forgive me!"

Zhang Qiuhong, an armed policeman, as the dead bodies of his father and sister-in-law were pulled out of the rubble in Dujiangyan City

"People in the quake zone lead a much harder life than I do."

A beggar in his 60s donated money to the quake-hit area

"They've already returned home. I cried when I saw them off; I was close to death; I reconfirmed my responsibility; and I felt happy because we survived."

A tour guide saved a 31-member American tour group from the epicenter in Yingxiu Town

"I prefer to see my dad rather than my leg."

Liu Deyun, 51, as he was pulled out of the rubble in Yinghua Town, Shifang City, after being buried for 100 hours

"I never expected him to survive!"

Chen Yulin's wife expressed her gratitude to rescuers when her husband was pulled out after 107 hours under the rubble

"I'm thirsty for an iced coke! What do you want to drink? I'll buy it for you."

Xue Xiao, a 17-year-old boy from Dongqi Middle School, promising to buy his rescuers a drink even as he was buried under the rubble for more than 109 hours

"They have suffered too much."

Restaurant owners and ordinary people in Guangyuan City cooked voluntarily for the wounded, as well as medical staff

"We'll not only build our own houses but also help others."

A total of 29 Sichuan-born convicts in south China's Guangdong Province, responding to an early release from prison. Each of them received a 500-yuan ($72) relief allowance

"We should move on no matter how hard life is."

Wang Peicheng, a migrant worker, responding to his daughter's death

"She is the 'mother' of 36 babies."

A reference to a nurse who protected pregnant women in the quake and helped deliver 36 babies in five days

"Grandpa will come to visit you again."

Chinese president Hu Jintao at a field hospital in Beichuan County, kissing a 3-year-old girl who had lost her mother in the quake

"Don't cry! The government will take good care of you… This is a disaster, but you all survived, so live happily with that."

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao visited Jiuzhou Stadium in Mianyang City, comforting children who had lost their relatives in the quake

(Compiled from Beijing Evening News)

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