CHINA. Inner Mongolia. 1992. Sister Maria (70 years old) with an orphan, who she has adopted. The baby must have been a "Chaoshengzi", the second child of a 'one child family' policy. In this village, if a "Chaoshengzi" is found, the parents are fined 3000 Yuan. Those who have adopted "Chaoshengzi" are also fined.Sister Maria helplessly hid the babies in a sheep barn, or left them in the care of distant families, but authorities still did come to investigate her upon catching a rumour. The Sister kept insisting that the babies had died, and she was finally released. Sister Maria is a Sister in laity, and she looks after the villagers who are ill, baptizes villagers and devotes herself to other religious activities voluntarily.


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