19 Mar '17, 9am

Orphan's poignant photos capture life in shelter for unwanted disabled kids

HEBEI, CHINA: Whenever Tian Hua Hua, 24, leaves the orphanage to venture out in his wheelchair, villagers crowd around to stare and talk openly about him in his presence. Which irks him to no end. “I don’t try to stop them from looking. But I can look at them too. I go right up in my wheelchair and stare at them. Why not? How do they react? They stop immediately. I find that really amusing,” said the 24-year-old with a touch of defiance. Born with a spinal defect and abandoned by his parents when he was just a few days old, he hates being stared at. Hates having to ask for help. Hates, in short, being treated as different. So, when he takes out his camera to document life among his fellow residents at Liming Orphanage - the only family he has ever really known - he tries to show them as people like everybody else. For all their various disabilities, strong, vulnerable, joy...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/orphan-s-...

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