Tuesday, January 01, 2013

A Letter from China

This article popped up on my twitter feed tonight.  It is both heartbreaking and helplessness-inducing.

In synopsis, a woman, Julie Keith, was unpacking Halloween decorations and found a letter inside; a letter from the Chinese worker who packaged it.

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Please, go read the full articel (linked above) for the letter's full contents.  Here is a brief snip...

Sir, if you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.

What is the true cost of low prices?  Human suffering?  How much must you "save"?  What is your bottom dollar, your lowest price?

What price?

What price.

4 comments:

  1. I read this article a few days ago. Very sad. My last years new years resolution was to not buy anything made in China and to only buy American made. This was no easy task. It took me almost the entire year to find rubber scrappers made in America. (Pampered Chef has some. They were expensive but worth every penny) I was doing this to give my money to America businesses but I see now that it is also helping workers in China. I will continue with my American made pledge and now I feel good that I am helping in 2 ways.

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  2. That is so sad! Wonder if you could contact the Chinese Embassy and get any results?

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  3. Have they decided if the letter was faked yet? Last I heard no one was confident that it was real.

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    1. Sophie, from what I could find the address of the labor camp and the conditions described in the letter were confirmed as factual. The origin may never be known.

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