Foreigners helping victims

The 8-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan province at 2:28 pm on May 12, 2008. It killed at least 69,227 people and left more than 5 million homeless. Thousands of people poured in to the area to help, among them many foreigners – rescuers, charity workers, doctors, psychotherapists, construction engineers and general volunteers.

Nearly three years later, some of the foreigners remain, helping local communities and their residents move on. Some work for international organizations, others as individuals. At least 20 international non-governmental organizations are helping reconstruction efforts in Sichuan, according to Gao Guizi, a coordinator of the Sichuan May 12 Non-Government Assistance Service Center.

Three foreigners who have been there since the disaster – an American, a Malaysian and a Singaporean – tell China Daily their stories in the earthquake-hit zone.

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