China’s one-child policy that was started in 1980 to control the country’s population growth restricted most couples to only a single offspring. Though scrapped in 2016, the program left many families devastated. One such story was recently shared by Twitter user and teacher Chenchen Zhang. Taking to the microblogging site she shared pictures of her mom’s diary entries who had to take the heartbreaking decision to part with her second child to avoid the punishment of violating the policy.
“This diary entry was written by my mom, 34 years ago, on the day when she sent her 2-month-old daughter (my sister) away to my grandma’s bc of one child policy. I never fully understood the scale of heartbreak until I became a mom myself. I will never not cry reading it,” Zhang shared. In the next tweet she added, “She wrote she breastfed her ‘one more time – the last time in her life’ before they departed. I (then one year and a half) sensed the atmosphere and cried together with her. My sister did come back to us when she was around 5 or 6 yo. But I know this hurts forever.”
“The second page is stained with tears from 30+ yrs ago. My family is just one among many (millions of) other, and worse, heartbreaking stories. If there will be (I hope) a museum to commemorate the traumas of OCP, that’s where my mom’s diary could be kept,” she added. Alongside, she shared pictures from the diary where her mom documented her plight.
Take a look at the posts:
Since being shared, her post attracted the attention of many and accumulated several sympathetic comments. Just like this Twitter user who posted, “So sorry about the pain your family and many others went through.” Another person added, “As a mom now too I can’t imagine the anguish. What a sacrifice your mother and sister had to make. Gosh.” A third commented, “God this is brutal.” A fourth wrote, “OMG!”
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