The Remains of a School

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This video is of the rubble that was once Juyuan Middle School, where at least 600 students died. The destruction of so many schools is one of the most depressing parts of this disaster. There is clearly a lot of anger from parents who lost their children, and it seems inevitable that there will be serious repercussions for the officials and contractors responsible for the schools that collapsed.

The rescue work has stopped at Juyuan, and as you can see from the video there are still many people searching through the debris. One person, who seemed to be some sort of disaster tourist, asked me if I wanted to take my picture with him in front of the rubble. I declined. The site is, after all, a mass grave. The thing that someone hands to Lin at the end of the clip is a student’s ID card.

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