The heartbreaking story of a deaf-mute mentally ill Chinese man named Wang Zhiqiang is making the rounds online. Zhiqiang was seen chained and locked inside a small cell near his family’s house. He was reportedly suffering from a mental illness brought about by his time at a special needs boarding school.
Wang Zhiqiang has been in chains for over a decade.
According to the party secretary of the Xuanhua village in China, Ding Yanfang, Zhiqiang was a bright boy despite his psychological issues. He said:
“When Zhiqiang was still a boy, he was very smart despite being deaf-mute. When he returned from the special needs school with mental problems, there was little we could do. It was heartbreaking.”
His parents sent him to a boarding school that specializes in children with special needs. However, instead of incurring lessons, young Zhiqiang was bullied, deeply traumatizing him. When he came back home, he was mentally ill.
Unfortunately, Zhiqiang’s family didn’t have the financial means to get him the help he needs for his mental illness. For his mother, Yue Rong, a large chain was the only thing that could keep her son from causing harm to the other people in their village.
“He wasn’t able to go to school anymore, and his condition worsened while staying at home.It reached a point where he was attacking other villagers. I had no choice but to chain him up and lock him in the room. It’s been more than 10 years.”
Zhiquiang’s state is beyond distressing. His sister, Wang Shufen, wished she was the one shackled instead of her brother.
“I wish it were me chained up and that my brother were free instead. You never saw the times, while he was still lucid, when he begged my family to let him out.”
Watch the heartbreaking video below.
Here are only some of what netizens said about Wang Zhiqiang’s sorrowful plight.
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