In the wake of the tragic death of Yueyue, mourners in several cities throughout China held candlelit vigils and impromptu memorials recently to commemorate her passing. The South China Morning Post reports that nearly 200 people gathered yesterday at the hardware market where Yueyue was run over and ignored by pedestrians to hand out free hugs, and to also declare war on apathy and cold-heartedness.
The mourners were responding to a weib from a Foshan motivational speaker, to gather at the alley in the Guangfo International Iron-Mongery City where the 2-year-old toddler was run over on October 13th.
A one minute moment of silence was observed, before a pledge was read by the gathered mourners to make a difference and be less indifferent towards others:
“That one moment of coldness spread across the country and became everyone’s wound,” the group shouted.
“If it were you or me on that day, we would have at least stopped and pulled her aside. We would at least have lent a helping hand to ask for help, call the police and protect her.
“We will not complain about the powerless legal system or degraded morality … Starting with me, we will spread warmth around and drive away cold-heartedness.”
When the news cycle for 2011 ends, it’s likely that Yueyue will be one of the few stories people remember happening, such has been the impact of her death in China and abroad. Time will tell if the mourners in Foshan and others affected by her life will make good on their pledges to be more caring towards strangers.