At just 17-ye上海419女神会所ars-old, Dutch teenager Noa Pothoven had alr
eady written an award-winning memoir detailing her struggle with post-tra
matic stress disorder, depression and anorexia in the wake of sexual assault and rape.
In her autobiography, Pothoven wrote that she had nothing left to live for.
At 16, she app
roached the Levenseinde, or “end-of-life,” clinic in The Hague to inquire about euthanasia, but, according to an
interview last year with local newspaper the Gelderlander, her request was rejected.
week, after years of battling mental illness, Pothoven announced on Instagram that she had begun refusing all food
“After years of fighting, the fighting has finished. I have now stopped eating and dri
nking for a while, and after many conversations and reviews it has been decided that I will be released because
my suffering is unbearable,” Pothoven wrote in a post, which has since been removed.
roughout the world, with a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2006, the traditional festival was listed
as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage. In 2008, it was recognized as a public holiday in the Chinese mainland.
The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, a Chu state official and poet who lived during the Warring State
s Period (475-221 BC) before the reunification of China under the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). He was exiled after
opposing his king’s decision to ally with the neighboring state of Qin, and when Chu was finally conquered by Qin, h
e committed suicide by drowning in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.
The Chu people, who admired Qu Yuan for his loyalty and integrity, threw rice dumplings into the river to feed the fish so t
hey would not eat the body of their poet hero. People then started dragon boat racing to scare off the fish.
Since then, the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calen
dar is celebrated as the Dragon Boat Festival. The following are some customs for the festival.
rs, and we will not let others bully or prey upon us either,” he added.
Lieutenant General He Lei, former vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said Wei’s
speech clearly and objectively articulated the purposes, positions and aspirations of the Chinese military.
“Wei’s speech demonstrates the confidence of the PLA and the Chinese people. Som
e might think his tone is a bit tough, but I think it is perfectly appropriate,” He said.
Wei also “honestly answered all 22 very sensitive and difficult” questions from the audience
, further cementing the PLA’s image as a confident and responsible force, he added.
Major General Jin Yinan, a retired professor of international relations at PLA National D
efense University, said Wei has highlighted the fact that China is a nation that promotes inclusive and coo
perative relations between cultures, but it also has principles and bottom lines that should not be crossed.