China's unwanted babies once mostly girls, now mostly sick, disabled
Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:33 AM
TIANJIN, China (REUTERS) - Fangfang was just a few days old when she was abandoned on a near freezing New Year's Day in north China.
She was relatively lucky. Unlike the many who are found dumped in train stations or toilets, her family left her at a safe, warm shelter.
Dozens of babies have been secretly dropped off at "baby safety islands", or "baby hatches", set up since late last year under a scheme aimed at protecting unwanted offspring.
"We need to build these islands to protect children from further injury," Ms Zhang Min, head of a government-run orphanage in the northern coastal city of Tianjin where Fangfang was found.
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