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Satyarthi leaves 'a piece of heart' in Taiwan

Satyarthi leaves 'a piece of heart' in Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi left a piece of his heart in Taiwan Sunday and promised to "leave a bigger piece of my heart here" nex time. Satyarthi made his remarks as he, his wfie and three colleagues concluded a five-day visit that he said helped the establishment of links between Taiwanese people and children around the world. The visit promoted in particular the relationship between Taiwanese people and people and children in India, Satyarthi said before boarding his flight at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The 61-year-old Indian national and founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Movement, began his Taiwan tour Jan. 14 along with his wife Sumedha Kailash and three BBA executives. "I am going back to India. I am also leaving behind a piece of my heart," Satyarthi said while bidding farewell. "Next time, I will leave a bigger piece of my heart here. My first visit has been quite memorable. I love Taiwan as usual," he said. He also promised to always welcome Taiwanese volunteers to his country, as if they are his sons and daughters.
"My wife has always given them love like a mother. Both of us are like their parents and we will remain forever," he said.
He invited them to visit India with their boy friends and girl friends, and "next time they should come with their husbands and wives and then next time with their children and they can keep on coming with their grandchildren in the future," so "the relation will go on." Satyarthi was invited to visit Taiwan by the government on what is only his second trip abroad since receiving the Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10 last year. He shares the prestigious award with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. To make his Taiwan trip possible, he had delayed other invitations for visit, according to Satyarthi. From next week, he will travel to the United States and Britain, he said. During his stay on the island, the children's rights activist delivered speeches in Taipei and Hsinchu, and toured the eastern county of Hualien that is famous for its scenic landscape. Hualien is also home to the headquarters of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, an international humanitarian organization and non-government organization with an international network of volunteers. Satyarthi visited the Tzu Chi establishment in Hualien Saturday, a day after meeting President Ma Ying-jeou. He said he was very heartened by Ma's assurance that Taiwan will give its full cooperation in the fight against violence against children. Satyarthi's BBA, established in 1980, has rescued more than 83,500 victims of trafficking, slavery and child labor and is seen by many as India's largest grassroots movement for the protection of children. (By Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 20:19 GMT+08:00