What is the first thing that strikes your mind when you hear the name China?
We are aware of the fact that China has the toughest workplace rules in the world. And, if we follow the surveys, the number of people committing suicide there is alarmingly high. With such decisive report, it is heartwarming seeing the commitment of one man helping in saving lives of many others who are planning to end it.
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48-year-old Chen Si is a worker at a logistic company. From the past 13 years, Chen Si is making the weekly trips, riding his electric scooter for 20 km from home to China's most persistent suicide spot.
In the rapidly refurbishing, continually seething city of Nanjing, there is four miles long legendary bridge situated between Pukou and Xiaguan, where day after day, week after week, the hopeless, melancholy and tormented people come to end their lives.
Chen Si, who is originally from a rural village in Suqian, has saved 321 lives from past 13 years, without missing even a single weekend. He not only saves people's lives but also helps them to regain the confidence in life.
"I was helped by a kind-hearted countryman when I faced hardship working as a vegetable seller in Nanjing. And, when my life got better, I wanted to help the others find hope," he continued.
Everytime Chen sees someone about to jump, he talks to them, grab them, and hold strangers in his arms until they stop struggling. Besides this, he also offers them a place to stay. Yes, he rents a two-room house where each survivor is asked to stay after their attempted suicide, and also provides free counseling to them with the help of his university volunteers.
The service also has its hazards. Once, while saving a person from attempting suicide, the person who wanted to suicide attacked him causing injury.
The rent of flat costs him 1,000yuan (£116) for each month, from which the donations pay two-third, and he pays the rest.
And, if we count his self-donation, then with a monthly salary of 4,000yuan (£464), he spends half of his salary in the work and hands the rest to his wife.
And, he is not alone in doing this service, many psychology students from two local universities provide free counseling services to those in needs.
Last year, Chen Si's stories got turned into an award-winning film, named, 'Angel of Nanjing' directed by Jordan Horowitz and Frenk Ferendo.
Built in 1968 as a symbol of China's industrial power, until 2006, the Yangtze River Bridge had seen more than 2000 people ending their lives.