An unmarried single mother has brought her 9-month old daughter to live with her at a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Beijing. The mother and daughter have been living at a KFC restaurant in the Chaoyang District with the belief that it is the safest place to live after her ex-boyfriend abandoned her.
The single mother，known as Ms. Jiang is a 28 year old woman hailing from Hubei province. In the second half of 2012 Ms. Jiang was still working in Hubei when she met her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Chen. Shortly after, she became pregnant. To her dismay, Mr. Chen was unwilling to get married nor did he want kids. Afterwards, Ms. Jiang went to Mr. Chen’s house to further understand his reasoning behind his decision, but it quickly ended in a physical altercation between the two. Eventually with the help of the local authorities, the two sides were able to come to an agreement where Mr. Chen would provide financial assistance for hospital frees and child support. Before giving birth to her daughter, she realized the 3000 yuan given to her had disappeared.
During Ms. Jiang’s pregnancy she had some problems with people stalking and harassing her. When a reporter informed Ms. Jiang’s father about this issue, Mr. Jiang exclaimed with vigour: “Who would follow and harass her? I have no idea what she does everyday. I can’t even keep track what she does.”
According to Mr. Jiang her daughter has reached this point because of her rebellious behaviour. The estrangement from her family primarily started after Ms. Jiang decided to drop out of school, disobeying her parents’ request to continue with her studies. Mr. Jiang explained: “She even had a child without being married, this is something no one can accept in our village.” Tension between both sides has escalated ever since the single mother left her parents’ home while taking some money with her.
After Mr. Jiang was told her daughter had been living in a KFC for 2 months, Mr. Jiang had a momentary sigh of hesitation before saying: “No matter what happens, our relationship cannot be reconciled.”
The municipal government in Beijing has offered to provide the single mother with a 10 square meter room that includes: a baby crib, an individual toilet, 24 hour on-call assistance for a helper, central air-conditioning, a washing machine, living supplies, specially formulated food for the baby daughter and a scheduled plan to regularly see a health-care professional to conduct physical examinations for the baby daughter. Despite the municipal government’s attempts to offer assistance, she has denied any form of help.
A group of 8 social assistance workers were specially sent to provide aid and to try to convince Ms. Jiang to leave KFC for a more comfortable living environment. Ms. Jiang was quoted saying: “I don’t want to go back to my hometown. I have already lived in government housing, they treated me terribly.”
Eventually Ms. Jiang left KFC and was sent away in a vehicle.
Reference: 163 news