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死亡、废墟真得离我们这么近

August 29th, 2008 by china2008

死亡、废墟真得离我们这么近

郑宇舟

 

“希望之桥”南京分部主席 代表团记者 摄影师

 

512228分发生在中国四川汶川的一场浩劫,使原本在城市中屹立的高楼大厦变成了一片废墟;原本笑容可掬的亲人突然从眼前消失。霎那间,恐惧、惊慌、焦急、悲伤接踵而至,许多人无家可归露宿街头,还有的身受重伤生命垂危…… 这一幕幕电视上出现的悲掺画面不断浮现在我眼前直到我来到四川灾区现场,眼前的一切使我深受震撼,并深切地感受到地震给当地造成的巨大损失,给灾区的每个人带来的痛苦和心灵的创伤。

729日,我们“希望之桥”一行八人飞到成都,吃完午饭就直奔德阳市,来到受地震灾害较重的东汽小学、初中和高中以及教师生活区。一进大门就看到左边的警察局大楼上支离破碎的玻璃,右手边的建设银行大门就像是被炸弹炸开一样,斜的斜,歪的歪。一路走去,到处是残垣断壁,满目疮痍。地上,堆着课本文具;土里,树被连根拔起;店里,酒瓶散落一地;铺外,木板门被震歪;楼上,空调架子被震掉或是整幢楼以72度角倾斜的比比皆是,让人看到了触目惊心,在想象一下当时有多少人被压在废墟下的场景,更是惨不忍睹!

我们走到东汽小学的教学楼。从外面看,这栋楼大体完整除了角落几间教室的墙倒了以外,但当我们走近了那间倒了墙的教室时,发现教室里面的桌子椅子都七零八落,同学们的课本、铅笔散落一地。其中一把椅子被一面墙压倒在地,幸好这只是一把椅子,而不是一个学生。东汽小学的地震疏散工作做得很好,只有两名学生受伤。这儿的管理员告诉我们,像这些外面看起来还可以的房子,其实里面根本不能使用,因为余震随时可能发生,房屋结构也随时可能坍塌。继续沿着小学部教学楼走,发现教学楼的另一个门口的“好好学习”已经失去了一个偏旁,变成“好子学习”了。

我回过头,远远地望见东汽中学的教学楼已是一片废墟,除了中间一部分还比较完整外,其他的只剩下一面面孤零零的墙了。还有些水泥墙壁被钢筋吊着悬在空中,颤颤巍巍,就好像一只蝴蝶也能把它蹬掉下来。中间那栋楼的窗子上挂着长长的蓝颜色的布条,这可是同学们在跳楼逃生时用窗帘编成的救命绳,很多同学因此而挽救了自己,但仍有243名同学被地震夺去了年轻的生命。东汽中学高三年级的谭千秋老师在楼房水泥楼板倒塌的一刹那,奋不顾身地扑向学生,用双臂和脊梁保护了4名同学,而自己却英勇牺牲。当地的老师告诉我们,像谭老师这样用生命救助学生的老师东汽中学还有好几个。现在谭千秋老师已被四川省人民政府追认为烈士。

尽管事情已过去了2个多月,但我仍然能从他们的叙述中感受到他们对地震的恐惧。陪同的老师告诉我们,地震发生时,她正在睡觉,突然从床上掉下来,一开始还没意识到怎么回事,刚爬起来,又被震倒了,才发现地上根本站不稳。终于想到了,可能是地震,她赶紧扶着墙一点一点滚下楼,当时看到周围的邻居都往马路上跑,自己也跟了过去。风沙四起,天色黯淡,脚下的地面在振动,连远处的山都在摇晃,这彻底改变了她对山一贯的概念。到马路上安全一点的地方,就赶紧给父母打电话,但怎么打都打不通。也不知道到地震了多久,只是感觉这是她最难熬的一天。直到主震停了很久,她才有点恢复意识,看到远处山上一道道就像是被一只巨型的手抓过一样的山体滑坡形成的痕迹。又赶紧打电话给父母,第一次没打通,很着急,顿时心跳加速,喘不过气来。再打,通了,幸好他们都没事,这我才松了口气。她在想:要是自己死了怎么办?要是老天能给我一次机会让我活下来,我以后一定好好工作,不虚度光阴,不浪费生命。

地震并没有压垮英雄的四川人民。第二天下午,我们探访了几户东汽小学学生家,让我影响最深的是11岁小女孩吴晶晶。她的父亲在地震中不幸遇难,只有她和她妈妈在家。晶晶的妈妈谈到她爸爸以前是海军,后来被分到东汽(东方汽轮厂),因为工作认真,一直都是厂里的骨干精英。讲到这里,她妈妈已是泪流满面,她又把晶晶爸爸的相册给我们看。当传到晶晶那里时,她紧紧地抱住那本相册低头看着爸爸的照片,但出乎我意料的是,她抬起头,一滴眼泪都没有,“现在我就是这个家里的顶梁柱,我要撑起这个家”, 晶晶坚定地说。她的话给了我们一种震撼,让我想起了胡锦涛主席说的“抬起那高傲的头颅,挺起那不屈的脊梁。”这让我们看到了四川人民灾后重建的一种坚强与决心。

走出晶晶的家,阳光亦然灿烂,我的心情豁然开朗。虽然有的时候,死亡真得离我们很近,废墟就在我们眼前,但是面对死亡,我们必须学会坚强,才能重建家园,迎接美好的未来,这就是我们中华民族五千年的优秀品质

注:那个小女孩的名字我记得不太清楚,现在先用吴晶晶代替

 

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In Sichuan Earthquake Area - Classroom Activities

August 28th, 2008 by china2008

The 6th Graders in #2 Classroom Were Drawing

The 6th Graders in classroom 2 drawing what they want to be when they grow up.

At the End of Classroom ActivitiesThe hardest part of the day: the end of our time with the children.
Tell the World What I Want to Say
Students “telling the world what they want to say.”
Tell the World What I Want to Say
The 6th graders had a lot of tell of the world.
Talk with Students
May I ask you, what are you drawing?
Students Were Drwing Their Ideal School
Students drawing what they picture to be their ideal school.
More Smiling Faces
Big Wind Blows…
Smiling Faces
The students love the game.
Game Is Undergoing
Big Wind blows…on people with black hair!
Game Is Undergoing
Hmmm….
Game Is Undergoing
Shot of the Big Wind blows game.
During the Game
During the game..
During the Game
Lots of students got really involved with the game.
Game Started
Let me see…
Start with a Warming Up Game
Let’s start with a game!
Activities in  #2 Classroom with 6th Graders
Activities in Class #2 6th Graders
Getting Ready for Calssroom Activities
Getting Ready for Classroom Activities

~Xiao Bai

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Activities in Sichuan Earthquake Area

August 28th, 2008 by china2008

Wooden Classrom for 2th Graders

Makeshift classroom for 2nd graders.

Bathroom for Students
Bathroom for the students.
In the Ceremony
The morning ceremony.
Students Performance
Students performing.
COH Photographer
David, our photographer and fellow COH member.
Volunteers Giving Presents
Volunteers from Qinghua University Giving Gifts to the Students
Students Accept Donation
Students Accepting Our Donations
Xiao Bai Is Introducting COH
Me introducing Crossroads of Hope
Congcong Guo Introduce our COH Program
Elizabeth Guo introducing the Crossroads of Hope Program
Congcong Guo Introduce our COH Program
Elizabeth’s Introduction
the Principle Show the Library Name
The Principal Shows the Library’s Name
the principle accept donation from COH
The principal accepting the donation from COH
Xiangyu Lin Is Introducing COH program
Xiangyu Lin introduces the COH program.
Show Our Warm Heart to Students
Donating sports and school supplies.

Our delegates talked in English during the ceremony. Xiangyu Lin helped greatly in translating. She accompanied us throughout the trip and was a tremendous help, we couldn’t have done it without her.

Students Show Appreciation
Students Show Their Appreciation
COH Delegates Were Introduced
COH Delegates Being Introduced

Volunteers from Qinghua university joined the ceremony too.
They are standing beside our COH members

the principle led the owing

The principal of Dongqi Elementary School leading students in

a solemn vow.

COH Delegates Present Donation

COH Delegates Presents Part of Their Donations

School Start after the Earthquake

School starts after the Earthquake

On July 29, we joined the Dongqi Elementary School Start ceremony in Hangwang Town.

As previous pictures show, the original Dongqi Elementary School building became  an extremely dangerous building during the earthquake.The ceremony is held in front of new makeshift classrooms.

~Xiao Bai

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Visited Earthquake Area in Sichuan Province

August 21st, 2008 by china2008

It tells you ---

China Earthquake 2008

The clock tower is located in Hanwang Town of Deyang city in Sichuan province. It stopped at 2:28 pm on May 12, 2008 at the exact time when the earthquake struck.

It remember the history moment

A memorial to what happened on May 12 here, a memorial to the people.

Doqi Elementary School Building

Dongqi Elementary School Building

DongQi Elementary School

DongQi Elementary School

In front of Dongqi Middle School

In front of Dongqi Middle School

Dongqi Middle School

Dongqi Middle School - A great many students died when this building collapsed.

Remember them

We will always remember those students.

the school building is behend us

The school building behind us.

Most building maked as Dangeous Bulding
Most buildings were marked as dangerous buildings, like this, in the community.

Sign In to visit Dongqi

Sign in for our visit to Dongqi community

We visited Hanwang town which is located in Deyang city in Sichuan province. The damage from the earthquake was very severe in this area. We also visited Dongqi community in Hanwang. This community is a forbidden area now because buildings are in danger of collapsing. It was guarded by the army since the earthquake. We obtained permission from the local government so we could visit the area. The many crumbling buildings and debris littered upon the ground really showed the mgnitude of the destruction of the earthquake.

The principal of Dongqi elementary school led us on the visit.

We walked around that community with a heavy heart and tears in our eyes…

~Xiao Bai

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Visited Xian City in Shanxi province

August 21st, 2008 by china2008

参观兵马俑

参观兵马俑

参观兵马俑

参观兵马俑

这里就是闻名中外的兵马俑。

吃羊肉泡馍

吃羊肉泡馍

~Xiao Bai

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At Gaobai Village - Donated Library

August 21st, 2008 by china2008

Giving Book to Children

Giving Books to the Children

Giving Books to students
Giving Books to the Students
local school accept donation
Local School Accepting Our Donation
visited student‘s family
Visiting a Student‘s Family
Visited student's family
Asking questions.
A student's family 
A student’s home.

Visiting the school and family homes.

~Xiao Bai

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July 24, Meeting about the next Day Donation Agenda

August 14th, 2008 by china2008

Meeing

Meeting

We held a meeting in the hotel to arrange the next day’s donation agenda。We met Shuyun Lu, who is in charge of the youth activities for that county where Gaobai village is located. She had been working with the villagers in Gaobai village to arrange the donation activities for the whole day。 She talked about the detail arrangements from the local government。 We had to have our agenda fit in with the local government‘s arrangements。 We had another meeting after Miss Lu left。 We had been working very hard to prepare the next day‘s activities, working very late into the night。

~Xiao Bai

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July 24, Going to Gaobai Village

August 14th, 2008 by china2008

Baota Mountain in Yanan

Baota Mountain in Yanan

It was a long drive from Yanan to Gaobai village.  We saw baota mountain in Yanan on our way to Gaobai village.

~Xiao Bai

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July24, On the Way to Gaobai Village

August 14th, 2008 by china2008

To Gaobai Village

To Gaobai Village

We were taking this bus to Gaobai village to build a library that we donated to the children in the village。

~Xiao Bai

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July 24, Going to Yanan

August 14th, 2008 by china2008

Arrived in Yanan

Arrived in Yanan

We arrived in Yanan airport around 12:30 on July 24, 2008。

~Xiao Bai

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