An unclothed boy bearing severe scars all over his body was spotted on the streets of Chengdu recently. A middle-aged woman was also seen sitting with the boy, and the two were begging for money from pedestrians.
According to reports, the middle-aged woman, named Feng Yulan, is the mother of the boy. The child has been identified as nine-year-old Xiao Song, who was reportedly severely burnt in a fire seven years ago, leaving him with scars all over his body. Over the years, Xiao Song’s mother has spent all of their savings on medical treatment for him. She said she had no choice but to look for help on the streets.
Feng told reporters that the two of them have been begging in various places, but pedestrians would often accuse them of lying. Overwhelmed with helplessness, Feng told reporters “If I don’t take off Xiao Song’s clothes, they wouldn’t see his scars and they wouldn’t believe us.”
Pictures of the two have stirred up concern on the Internet. Some netizens are worried that such public exposure of the boy’s scars could cause emotional trauma. Feng replied that there is no other way, as they needed money for surgery.
By Crystal Lau
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