As of October 2015, the Communist Party of China announced that it would be getting rid of its infamous one-child policy.
The controversial policy was enacted in 1979 with the goal of slowing down the rising population rate. In Chinese culture, however, sons are extremely valued— men and their wives traditionally take care of the man’s parents when they grow old; not to mention sons are the only ones able to pass along the family name.
I mean, without going any further, it’s pretty obvious that accidental pregnancies did occur, and as a result, many of these female babies were abandoned, killed, or adopted out to foreigners.
Mackenzie Walker is one of those babies, having been abandoned at birth in Hunan, China.
She tells the Christian Broadcasting Network, “I was born in the Hunan province of China, and when I was only 1 month old, I was left by a train station in a paper box.”
“I was alone, and nobody was with me, and nobody cared.”
A kind-hearted stranger came across the abandoned baby girl, bringing her to an orphanage where she was later adopted by Chuck and Kim Walker.
Chuck and Kim were married in 1982. The couple had one son in 1984 before losing another a year and a half later. For the next 16 years, they seriously contemplated the idea of adoption, and in 2000, they finally adopted their first daughter, Kaitlin.
Chuck tells the Christian Broadcasting Networking that he and Kim had heard about the baby problem in China; how so many little girls had been abandoned and were now seeking loving homes.
“God said, ‘That’s just where you’ve got to be.’”
One day, soon after they brought Mackenzie home, the little girl noticed a clock in the kitchen.
Later, when the clock starting chiming, Mackenzie repeated it back— in a perfect pitch!
“Wherever we went, she would hum along with music. It became obvious it was just a part of who she was […] It was a part of her everyday world.”
Chuck and Kim encouraged Mackenzie’s love for music, bringing her to voice coaches and allowing the little girl the time and resources to master her craft.
As she’s grown older, Mackenzie’s music career continues to blossom. She has her very own album and has even made a hobby out of performing at Houston Astros games.
It’s hard to imagine how a government could have been so willing to let this little girl’s talent and life go to waste.
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