Wuhan was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave, roadblocks ring-fencing the city's outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life. But the major transport and industrial hub has now signalled the end of its long isolation, with state media showing the first officially sanctioned passenger train arriving back into the city just after midnight. People are now allowed to enter but not leave, and many trains arriving Saturday had been fully booked days in advance. Some had managed to slip back into the city a day earlier on rail services that were stopping in the city -- but nominally banned passengers from disembarking -- as enforcement of the travel ban began to ease. One woman who arrived on Friday said she and her daughter had been away from her husband for nearly 10 weeks. "As the train neared Wuhan, my child and I were both very excited," the 36-year-old told AFP on Saturday. "It felt like the train was moving faster than before, and my daughter … [Read more...] about China virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown
Vu Thi Thu has to take care of five children, the youngest being only two months old and the oldest 14 years old. She even contemplated giving a grandchild away because she can't take care of all of them anymore. Thu said she had three daughters. Two of them had bad marriages. They either live separately with their spouse or had a divorce. Afterwards, they all brought their children back to Thu to take care of. One of Thu's daughters went to China to find work and hasn't contacted home. "My oldest daughter has three children. I don't know where my son-in-law is anymore. I don't even know when she was pregnant with the youngest," Thu said. Le Van Khiem, vice chairman of Hong Khe Commune, said, "After knowing that Thu and her husband are in difficulties because they have to raise five children together, we have helped them the best we can. We tried to encourage them to overcome hardship when Thu said she wanted to give away one of the children for adoption. But they are really … [Read more...] about Grandson risks being away because of poverty
U.S. Consul General Mary Tarnowka remarked: “South Africa, home to 80 percent of the rhinos left on earth, reported 530 rhinos killed in the first six months of this year. Vietnam remains both a consumer destination and a transit point for rhino horns.” … [Read more...] about Where were you when the last rhino was killed?