"I didn't get to eat last night," a local friend told one of our China-based co-workers. "I was about to go and buy some food, when I saw it was dark outside. I was afraid to go out because the Uighur people are injecting people with AIDS."
Across China millions of children and students are having their temperatures checked each day as they enter school buildings. It has become a regular sight to see friends and relatives shouting at one another through iron gates as tens of thousands of college students have been trapped by campus lockdowns, prohibited from leaving their campuses for weeks at a time.
Through the mercy arm of AM-CCSM, we are now sponsoring a number of children in remote areas of China. These include some of the children attending the village school mentioned in the earlier Medical Team article.
During September, a group of Chinese-speaking doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists joined a week-long medical team to a village where our long-term co-workers are involved. What a blessing the team were to these poor villagers!
As is often the case in the run-up to major events in China, the approach to the October 1st National Day celebrations saw a number of Christians detained and warned, and some house churches told not to hold meetings until the anniversary was over.
A 60-gun salute; the Chinese flag raised in Tiananmen Square; soldiers, tanks and missile launchers parading past; large portraits of top leaders; ideological slogans; Olympic medal winners; decorated floats from every Chinese province; and finally children releasing multi-coloured balloons into the sky - it all went to make up a three-kilometre-long parade on October 1st to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.