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Liao Zhi: I’m still standing

Liao Zhi(廖智), who lost her legs in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake and wears prosthetic legs, helps with relief efforts in Lushan, Sichuan Province three days after a 7.0 quake occured on April 20.

Five years ago, a dancer lost her legs and her 10-month-old daughter when an earthquake struck Wenchuan, Sichuan Province in 2008, leaving about 87,000 people dead or missing and more than 370,000 injured.

Two months after the quake, she performed her signature drum dance for people who were traumatized by the earthquake, encouraging them to restart life.

On April 20 this year, when an earthquake hit Lushan county in the same province, she arrived in disaster-ridden areas on the same day and helped victims pitch tents, distribute food and water and took part in the effort to rebuild their homes.

She is Liao Zhi, a 28-year-old dancer.

She once dreamed of becoming a top dancer. However, the 2008 earthquake altered the course of her life. Her lower legs were amputated after the Wenchuan earthquake took the life of her daughter.

"I was once buried underground and rescued by someone. Now, I really want to help others as a way of expressing my gratitude for them," she said.

Liao arrived in Longmen village, one of the hardest-hit areas in Lushan soon after the quake. She came there to help with rescue efforts and offer psychological comfort for those who were buried under debris.


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