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Apr 27, 2018

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake

A decade after a massive earthquake rocked China's southwestern province of Sichuan, killing almost 70,000 people, the scars have begun to heal.

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Rescue workers and local residents look for survivors in the ruins of the destroyed old city district, near a mountain at the earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, May 15, 2008. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A man walks towards Beichuan Middle School which was buried under boulders before people were ordered to evacuate from the centre of earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, May 17, 2008. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Ruins of a destroyed old city district and a landslide are seen in the earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, May 16, 2008. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Weeds grow at the site of the old city district which was destroyed after a landslide caused by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, at the foot of a mountain in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Floodwaters from the Tangjiashan quake lake flow through the earthquake-devastated city of Beichuan in Sichuan province, China, June 11, 2008. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A combination picture shows the ruins of a destroyed old city district and a landslide from a mountain four days after 2008 Sichuan earthquake, May 16, 2008 (top), and the same view ahead of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A statue stands at the site of a school destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 4, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A covered body lies in front of the ruins of a destroyed old city district, near a mountain at the earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, May 16, 2008. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A vehicle drives past apartment blocks destroyed in a landslide caused by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, at the foot of a mountain in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 4, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Buildings which were destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake stand alongside a dry riverbed in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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The door of surviving villager Wang Guocheng's dwelling stands among weeds at a minority village heavily damaged in 2008 Sichuan earthquake on a mountain in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Buildings which were damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, stand by a partially dried up river in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Beichuan Vocational Education Centre which was destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake stands in the city of Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Buildings which were damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake stand alongside a dry riverbed in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A man from the ethnic Qiang minority visits the tomb of his deceased relative on the Qingming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a minority village which was destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, on a mountain in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A mountain road which leads to a minority village, destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, is seen in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A backboard is seen at the site of Beichuan Middle School which was buried by boulders in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 4, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A wedding photograph, seen through a window, hangs on a wall in an apartment which was damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A girl reads the dates on a sign with portraits of staff members who died in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, at the site of a branch of Agricultural Bank of China, in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A book lies on a desk in the classroom of Beichuan Vocational Education Centre which was destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Abandoned shoes are seen in an old dwelling at a minority village which was destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, on a mountain in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A bulb covered with cobwebs hangs inside a house at a minority village destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake on a mountain in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Desks stand in the classroom of Beichuan Vocational Education Centre destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Surviving villager Liu Guizhen, 95, sits in her old house, damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, at a village on a mountain in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Surviving villager Ma Qingan walks through doors after leaving his old house at a minority village which was badly damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A boy runs through the site of Beichuan Vocational Education Centre which was destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A Buddhist prays in front of the site of Beichuan Middle School which was buried by boulders in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, ahead of Qingming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 4, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A mosquito net provided by the Chinese Red Cross during the earthquake rescue, still being used by surviving villager Chen Mingyou, hangs in his old house which was heavily damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, at a village on a mountain in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 4, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A card featuring the late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong and Tiananmen Gate is seen next to a shrine in the old dwelling of surviving villager Wang Guocheng, at a minority village destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 5, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Wang Shiming (L), 11, and his brother Wang Shiqi, 13, great-grandsons of surviving villager Liu Guizhen, watch television in an old house damaged in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, at a village on a mountain in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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Zheng Haiyang, 27, a student who survived the earthquake and whose legs were amputated after he was rescued, mourns in front of a stele for victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, next to the site of Beichuan Middle School which was buried by boulders, in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A combination picture shows a man walking towards Beichuan Middle School buried under boulders five days after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, May 17, 2008 (top), and the same view ahead of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A combination picture shows a covered body placed in front of the ruins of a destroyed old city district three days after 2008 Sichuan earthquake, May 15, 2008 (top), and the same view ahead of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A combination picture shows rescue workers and local residents looking for survivors in the ruins of destroyed old city district near a mountain three days after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, May 15, 2008 (top), and the same view ahead of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A visitor stands in front of the site of Beichuan Middle School which was buried by boulders in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, in the city of Beichuan, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

Scars begin to heal a decade after Sichuan quake
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A combination picture shows floodwaters from Tangjiashan quake lake flowing through the devastated city of Beichuan in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, June 11, 2008 (top), and the same view ahead of the tenth anniversary of the earthquake, in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, China, April 6, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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