We helped another family apply for aid from Little Red Scarf. This girl is 19 but looks like a 10-year-old because heart disease has prevented her from developing during puberty. Her mother was so worried and desperate that she was talking to anybody who would listen about her family's situation. The mother is very ill herself, having been hospitalized many times in the past year and costing the family more than $90,000 RMB in loans. They knew the girl was sick early one. However, her stepfather did not agree to taking serious medical measures because they could not afford it. I hope the application goes well with this family and I can see them soon.
In the afternoon, the weather suddenly changed dramatically. The sky darkened suddenly, bringing with it a tornado-like gush of wind. We quickly closed the windows. There were plastic bags and other light objects flying across the air. Sand and dirt twirled across the landscape like a scene from the "Wizard of Oz." Leon told me that this is not a natural phenomenon in Lanzhou. It happens frequently now because industries have began stripping the mountain tops near the city, making the dirt blow with the end when bad weather comes.