China's family planning policy, introduced in June of 1979, restricts urban couples from having more than one child. Through 2011, according to the government, it had prevented some 400 million childbirths. But it also left bereft mothers and fathers who lost their only child to illness or an accident -- and were too old to conceive again.

Parents who have lost their only child are known in China as shidu families. This disadvantaged and marginalized group numbers about a million and grow by 76,000 each year. This video series will present the challenges they face, such as their problems with finances, physical and mental health care, as well as struggles with government policies. These parents talk candidly about their stories and the efforts they've made to improve their lives.

Director / Sun Peng
Producer / Flora Yue

失独者,他们是30年前第一批履行计划生育政策的父母,响应国家号召,义无反顾。而今,他们在年老之时失去正值壮年的唯一后代,难以再度生养,从此生活在孤独和思念之中,老无所依。极不明朗的养老前景、伴随余生的丧子之痛都使失独群体成为整个社会的弱势和孤立所在。30年来,计划生育政策减少了4亿出生人口的同时,也间接造成了百万余家庭陷入失独境地,并以每年7.6万个家庭的速度增长。
这里讲述的是失独者的故事——是他们不为人知的孤苦生活,是难以抚平的心灵创伤,是面对现实的真切诉求。这是失独者的声音,是平静的倾诉,也是抗争的呐喊。
中国日报记者深入失独者群体,倾听他们诉说不为人知的神伤往事,和他们一起在黑暗中抱团取暖,争取变革与希望。

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