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Friday, December 9, 2011

Chinese beggar talks man out of suicide

A disabled beggar who described his own pain and misery prevented a heartbroken man from committing suicide in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province.

"Look at me," Li Xiaohui shouted from his tiny cart on the street. "There is no barrier you cannot overcome in your life."

He was calling out to a man on the roof of a 14-story building who was threatening to jump unless his wife returned to him. He had already slashed his left hand several times with a knife.

According to local police and media reports, officers were alerted to the suicidal man around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Li, who was among a crowd of people on the street, urged the man not to end his life.

"Your parents are concerned about you," Li said. "Please come down and I will be with you all day today."
Assisted by others in the crowd, Li made it up to the rooftop and continued talking, referring to his own hardships in life.

The man was rescued several hours after police were called to the scene.

Li, who is from neighboring Anhui province, was already known for his selfless acts.

He reportedly donated 100 yuan (about 1,200 yen or $15) to victims of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake by begging for change.

Sometimes there are less fortunate people like this Chinese beggar who has the heart for the people around him. He used his life testimony to impact others. I'm truly touched by him.

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