Sentences for the innocent
Updated: 2014-06-13 07:12
By Erik Nilsson (China Daily)
Children of convicts and executed criminals in the Morning Tears center in Henan's provincial capital Zhengzhou have a good time playing games on June 1, Children's Day. Photos by Erik Nilsson / China Daily
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The kids were smashing frosting in my face. And I was retaliating with glee. I had always wanted to be in a food fight but never had the chance.
When they glopped seven birthday cakes' worth of icing on one another's face, it was another reminder of these kids' resilience.
It happened to be June 1, International Children's Day.
These are the children of convicts and executed criminals. They live in the Morning Tears center in Henan's provincial capital Zhengzhou.
The right to play is something most kids take for granted.
Play is often a luxury for children of convicts. But compared to "other" kids, including those without such backgrounds, seems enhanced at the Zhengzhou center. I even lived out some of my childhood aspirations, including my first water fight.