OB Aids Quake Ravaged China Village

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SICHUAN PROVINCE, China - People in China are still digging out from the worst earthquake in decades.

Relief agencies like Operation Blessing are on the scene to help them rebuild their shattered lives.

Picking up the Pieces

It's been just over two weeks since devastation came to the village of Yao Jing

Everything is still covered by pieces of rubble, and bewildered villagers are still searching for pieces of their lives, scattered somewhere in the debris.

Still, the common tasks of daily life continue, carried out in the middle of a disaster zone.

Meals are cooked out in the open now, prepared by people who have nothing left

"All I have is this clothing," said one survivor.

Villagers are constructing makeshift homes to replace the ones that seemed so solid just two weeks ago.

The people refuse to be defeated, but pain, anger and despair are everywhere.

"I have nowhere to cook, nowhere to live," another survivor said.

The earthquake claimed seven victims, including the very young and the very old.

One man lost his father when their home came tumbling down - and his daughter and granddaughter are still missing.

"It's terrible," he said. "And now we can't live in the house. All my family's possessions were buried inside. There's nothing left but a few bowls." 

Beating the Odds

It is amazing that only seven people died in this village of 200, given the magnitude of the disaster.

One woman was hit by chunks of concrete as she fled her home, but she survived.

The villagers wonder how they can rebuild their lives. They are poor, without the resources to recover on their own.

Operation Blessing has already visited the village several times, each time bringing solutions and hope--- and listening to what the villagers have to say.

The people of Yao Jing are ready to work hard to restore the village. Operation Blessing is committed to working with them.

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