Suffering from a severe brain disease, a 17-year-old boy in China has been tied to a well for more than 10 years so that he couldn’t run away from home.
Yang Jie had a mental condition from a young age. He has been living with two grandparents, an aunt and two younger siblings in Hefei in Anhui Province, eastern China.
One netizen who was visiting her aunt at a welfare home in Malaysia discovered a curious sight at the facility: disabled children were kept locked in concrete cages. After photos of her discovery were uploaded on social media, the images immediately went viral and netizens were quick to attack the home.
The Handicapped Children’s Welfare Home reportedly keeps the disabled kids locked in “cages” to keep them from hurting each each other, claimed the Welfare Department. The department further explained that the decision to keep them in there was to protect not only the special needs children but also the other young residents there, the Straits Times reported.
A harsh note placed on an Australian woman’s windshield has spurred her to speak out on the stigma faced by those with “invisible” disabilities.
Justine Van Den Borne, 41, and her teenaged daughter saw the note underneath their car’s windshield wiper after they returned from a morning at a shopping center, reports The Age.