Sympathy flows for mother in KFC store

Sympathy flows for mother in KFC store
Jiang Danli and her 9-month-old daughter have been staying in a 24-hour KFC store for nearly two months.

BEIJING, CHINA - People in Beijing are donating to a young woman who has stayed in a KFC store in the city for nearly two months with her baby girl.

Jiang Danli, 28, from Daye in Hubei province, has stayed in the 24-hour store in Hujialou area, Chaoyang district, since early July with her 9-month-old daughter.

Jian left her hometown for Beijing after quarreling with her parents in early July, according to a statement sent to China Daily by the Baoan township government in Daye.

It said the family conflict was ignited after the unmarried Jiang gave birth, something her parents viewed as unacceptable according to local customs.

Jiang petitioned the local government several times, requesting compensation from her former boyfriend and his family. They have refused to provide any financial support, according to media reports.

By Thursday night, Jiang had received 7,000 yuan ($1,143) in donations from an association of people with origins in Daye as well as other residents of Beijing.

However, Jiang refused an offer of help by the Daye government and declined to move to a shelter for the homeless run by the civil affairs department in Beijing.

Jiang said she was once sent to live in such a shelter in Daye but the experience was terrible, without elaborating further.

Jiang said she wanted to continue to stay in the KFC store and it will take time for her to gain the understanding of her parents, who adopted her when she was young.

At her table in the KFC store, Jiang has a store of food and daily necessities for herself and her baby. Under the table are two baby carriages.

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