Pic story: Record lives of Nanjing Massacre survivors

Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-11 07:38:23|Editor: Yang Yi
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The combo photo shows daily life of Yao Xiuying, a survivor of Nanjing Massacre. Photo taken on Aug. 10, 2017 shows Yao playing with her great-granddaughter at home (C top); Yao posing for a photo with her family members at home (C bottom); Yao staying at home (L top and central); Yao showing her certificate of Nanjing Massacre survivor (L bottom); Yao looking in the mirror before going out (R top). Photo taken on Aug. 11, 2017 shows Yao receiving dialysis at hospital in Nanjing (R central and bottom). Yao was born on Aug. 8, 1931. After the Japanese invaders entering the city of Nanjing in 1937, her family hid in a burrow, hoping that they could be spared. Yet four of the eight family members were killed after Japanese strafed the burrow. Her grandfather was killed with a bayonet the next day. Yao lives with her daughter after her husband passed away in 2008. She has to take dialysis three times a week due to her renal failure. The year 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, in which more than 300,000 Chinese were killed by the Japanese invaders who occupied Nanjing on Dec. 13, 1937, marking the start of six weeks of destruction, pillage, rape and slaughter in the city. There are only less than 100 living survivors of the atrocity. Reporters from Xinhua spent many years to look for the survivors of Nanjing Massacre and record their current lives. (Xinhua/Han Yuqing, Li Xiang and Ji Chunpeng)

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