Chinese President Hu Jintao conveyed condolences to victims of the May 12 Sichuan earthquake and to those who sacrificed their lives during quake relief on the first anniversary of the earthquake Tuesday afternoon.
Hu Jintao, Chinese President
"Our party, army and people have overcome difficulties and withstood challenges with a firm belief, a strong will and tenacity..."
Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier
"Although half of the population perished, the other half -- the survivors -- will build a new Beichuan with hope."
"The most difficult time the psychological pain is over, but it is replaced by confusion about the future,"- A social work teacher
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD-- is a professional term not often used by ordinary people. But perhaps not many, with PTSD now considered a major challenge to the psychological health of many survivors of the Sichuan earthquake.
Reality of life-- As the breadwinner of the family, Liu looked for jobs elsewhere, but was turned down because of his age. "I´m not competitive on the market. More importantly, I don´t have technical skills, except from doing hard labor in the pit."
Flowers bloom on ruins of Beichuan
Flowers bloom on ruins of Beichuan.
·Beijing to invest 7 bln yuan in quake-hit province
·Shanghai gives quake town a lift
·Hong Kong volunteers counsel quake survivors
·Macao to finance 10 reconstruction projects in quake-hit Chinese province
·Taiwan donation delivered through ARATS to quake zones