Chinese Woman With A Heart Of Gold Opens Her Door To Myanmar Refugees

Li, her husband, and three children live in a one-bedroom house but her circumstances don’t stop her from reaching out and helping those in need.

Li Mumiao, a 32-year-old Chinese woman, has fed and sheltered over a hundred Myanmar residents, most of them elderly and children, who fled to China after armed clashes broke out.

Li’s family lives in Manghai in Southwest China's Yunnan province, just a few yards from the official resident camps.

The two temporary bamboo shacks in the camp are only able to shelter dozens of people. The others sleep on the ground of Li's yard.

"Heavy gunfire can be seen and heard across the border and we can barely sleep during the night," says Li who couldn’t help but open her doors for the refugees.

China is giving shelter to more than 3,000 people who have fled Myanmar after fighting between the government and rebels, and stray shells have fallen inside China.

Four ethnic armed groups have attacked security forces in the north of Myanmar, dealing a major blow to leader Aung San Suu Kyi's top goal of reaching peace with ethnic minorities.

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According to Myanmar's Information Committee under the State Counselor Office, the number of people seeking shelter at temporary refugee camps in Myanmar's Muse township had exceeded 3,300.

Most of the Myanmar residents brought no belongings with them when they escaped the fighting, and few of them had food. Li provides them food and has made the "soup kitchen" a reality thanks to the donation of local residents.

While most of the world is unwilling to accept refugees from Myanmar, Li’s gesture speaks volumes of the goodness of human nature.

"I am not rich, but they are poorer than me. I cannot be indifferent to their suffering," said Li.

One Myanmar resident named Kong Enkong said that they dare not go back to their hometown for fear of the forced recruitment.

Kong and other Myanmar residents all felt grateful to Li's family. "Although some of us are distant relatives of Li, the others are complete strangers to her," said Kong. "We are happy to have a shelter here and far from the battle fire," he added.

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