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Article: U.S. National Public Radio on Effect of China's Three Gorges Dam

Continuing PulseWire's emphasis on water issues, today the U.S.'s National Public Radio (NPR) had an interesting piece on China's Three Gorges dam.

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For me, the most compelling story was that of the relocation of Huang Yihui:

In Wushan County, the government arranged for Huang Yihui to move to Guangdong province, one of China's richest. But she says her son faced discrimination when he tried to join the army there. The government registered her in Guangdong but registered her son in another province, splitting up the family. So she moved back to Wushan County.

Huang says tearfully that she got no compensation for the family food-processing plant she lost in the relocation. She protested to officials, who had her thrown in jail, but she says she still supports the Three Gorges project.

"Our fine family has been bankrupted and split apart, but we don't blame the central government," Huang says. "Perhaps these were errors committed by local officials. We can forgive them. But we want to get our business back and restore our family to the way it was before."

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