A Blind Man And An Amputee Work Together To Bring Life To Rural China

Mar 21, 2015

In a tale of heartwarming and unlikely friendship, a blind man and a double amputee with no arms have spent over a decade planting thousands of trees in their once-barren village in Northeastern China.

Jia Haixia was born with congenital cataracts and blind in one eye. In 2000, he lost the other eye in an accident at work. Jia Wenqi lost both of his arms in a tragic accident when he was just 3 years old. The two have leased roughly 8 acres of land around Yeli village from the Chinese government, slowly turning the land into a forest to revitalize the local environment.

Haxia and Wenqi have been planting trees in the areas around the Yeli village for over 10 years.


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Jia Wenqi was just 3 years old when he lost both his arms.


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Jia Haxia was already born blind in one eye, then lost the other in a work accident.


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The two have formed an uniquely awesome team.


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Together, they've planted over 10,000 trees in a little over 10 years.


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They start their days of planting trees at 7 a.m. every day.


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They can't afford saplings, so they use tree cuttings.


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It's Haxia's job to climb the trees and get the best cuts.


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He's also the designated digger.


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Wenqi's job is to water and care for the young saplings.


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The trees help the environment by anchoring the soil and lessening/stopping the effects of floods.


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After the story of the two friends went viral in China, arrangements are being made for Haixia to get surgery for his cataracts.


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Credit: Bored Panda | Xinhua

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