Last week, a British television network aired a controversial documentary titled China's Stolen Children. At one point, the Chinese government tried to block the British broadcast, according to The Sunday Times. The producers summarize the documentary this way: "The film follows the parents of 5-year-old Chen Jie as they desperately search for their kidnapped son, one of up to 70,000 children kidnapped and sold in China every year as a result of the One Child Policy. It includes secretly shot footage of a trafficker buying a one-year-old boy in a park, and negotiating the sale of the child to a couple in a hotel room."
As this week seems to be evolving into a child-related theme on this blog, and since this also ties with my documentary workshop, I thought I would bring this UK documentary to your attention so you can pray about this disturbing trend. Twelve years ago, the same team made a documentary titled The Dying Rooms in which they uncovered the systematic neglect of abandoned babies in Chinese state-run orphanages. The dark rooms were where the weakest and least liked children were left to die. These were known as "the dying rooms." According to the filmmakers (True Vision), The Dying Rooms and Return to the Dying Rooms films have been seen in over 37 countries worldwide, with an estimated audience of more than 100 million people.
The movie-like trailer for China's Stolen Children can be seen on Channel 4's (UK) website. And a clip from the documentary is available on YouTube. Please pray for the children who are caught in this system and for the trafficking to halt.