Since it was posted online three weeks ago, this video has been viewed almost 700,000 times and provoked more than 1,000 comments. It's an appeal for help by a young Chinese student unable to afford treatment for her mother's leukaemia. The girl, Kong Jing, describes the abject poverty and the state of desperation her family has been reduced to. But it's her last statement that has shocked the Chinese blogging community. "I'm ready to sell ten years of my young life to whoever can help me," says Kong. Poverty in China is so pervasive, it's often overlooked. But the plight of a young woman forced to prostitute herself to get medical care for a parent has really upset Chinese bloggers.
Kong Jing's parents have worked for the state for all their lives. Now, they're both unemployed. Kong Jing needs €20,000 to pay for her mother's treatment. She says she'll work for the next ten years for any business or ‘any person' that can give her the money immediately.
"I got this idea when I found out about my mum's disease. My relatives have helped me a lot, but the medical bills have increased. At the moment, we have to pay almost €400 per day. (...) I'm ready to devote everything to my mum's needs. Parents give us life and feed us...My own life and everything that I have, I got from them. They never ask to be paid back. The day our parents need us, we should devote ourselves entirely to them."
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