A photo showing a three-year-old earthquake survivor in Sichuan saluting to his rescuers has moved lots of Chinese netizens, commenting that they see the hope for China from the boy.
Local newspaper Chengdu Evening News reported that the photo was taken on Tuesday in Beichuan, a badly damaged county neighboring the epicenter.
The boy Lang Zhen, who was rescued over ten hours after the quake, raised his uninjured arm weakly and saluted to the soldiers who saved his life.
Lang Zhen's behavior moved many netizens to tears. Some said the little boy is the representative of all the brave children who suffered the disaster in Sichuan. Their performances were highly praised.
"The salute is the highest praise for the rescuers," said a Chengdu citizen surnamed Guo who frequently traveled for business to the quake-hit areas.
According to Guo, children from many areas of Sichuan can receive education only from donations. They are taught to cherish the kindnesses since a young age and were always seen showing appreciations to people who helped them by salutes.
(Xinhua News Agency May 18, 2008)