Wang Kanghua, mother of Zhou Yating, 15 "We don't want to burden our government and we don't want to burden our families by having many children. Also, we don't care about the gender of the child. We love our children, regardless of their sex. My little girl Li Yunlu was 15 when she died; in September she would have been 16. The earthquake happened at 3pm and at 8.30pm on the same day the People's Liberation Army dug out her body. This was a natural disaster but the school was not built properly."Yang Pingxiu, mother of Zhangfeng, 14 "My daughter liked to watch TV and she liked to take pictures and she really liked to sing. She wanted to be either a singer or a police officer when she finished school. After the quake, my husband and I walked to the school and we dug her up at 5pm. Zhangfeng was in politics class; her classroom was on the first floor. When we found her I stopped breathing. Now we have enough to eat and to stay alive. We're all farmers, after all, we can grow what we need, and the government gives us rice and money. But every day I cry – we are miserable, so sorrowful."
Photographs by Ian Teh