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China's unwanted babies once mostly girls, now mostly sick, disabled

Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:33 AM
 
Residents visit an abandoned baby (left) lying in a crib at a baby hatch in Guiyang, Guizhou province on Jan 12, 2014. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

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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