Chinese mourners tell their stories
“There are too many feelings bottled up inside and far too few words to express my emotions at the time. This is what I had written down on that day:
Today, at exactly 2:28 pm, when the whole city and the country came to a halt for three solemn minutes to mourn for those who tragically lost their lives during the earthquake, my eyes grew tearful and moist. I wasn’t the only one experiencing this. My wife came home and wept to me, telling me that she couldn’t bear it any longer, she broke out in tears and ran alone to grieve in the back staircase. I stood in silence and did not reply because we need to stay strong.
If God placed us here in China, I believe that in this life, we have to live a full life and be a competent, excellent Chinese. Let us, Chinese descendants worldwide, gather and unite together in pride, so that we may make a difference in this life.”
Starry Forest is a Chinese twitter user who lives in Chengdu, located in Sichuan province that was at the centre of the recent earthquakes.
“Today is national mourning day. For the very first time, the students gathered together in silence. No one was restricted by past events, and everyone simply united with a simple and pure heart, standing in grief, listening to the whistle of the air. During this time, heads were lowered; eyes were closed, trying to hold back the tears swelling in their eyes.
Upon conclusion, everyone dispersed in silence, mourning quietly for those who lost their lives. Only robed in white mourning clothes can China stand up again in dignity!”
Further NowPublic coverage of China quake mourning is found here.