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It’s a story of intrigue and secrets, life-or-death decisions, murders and the wrong side of the law, and it’s all true.
It is the story of Dr. Jim Garrow, described by some as an accidental hero who, to date, is credited with saving the lives of 40,000 Chinese girls.
Garrow’s story, told in “The Pink Pagoda,” is being released in just days.
It was along about 2000 when Garrow, the fantastically successful chief of the Bethune Institute’s popular Pink Pagoda schools in China, one day found his assistant weeping.
Human Events reports the woman told how her sister’s husband was insisting that the couple’s newborn daughter be smothered – to make way for a son under China’s one-child policy.
Garrow promised the help and was able to place the infant in an adoption agency.
It didn’t take long for his success to become known, and his help to be sought, since then he’s spent some $31 million of his own money to divert the trail of death that China creates with its limits on children.
Published by WND Books, his new book “The Pink Pagoda” offers the tale of one man’s dedication to China’s newborn girls and his compassion for their lives.
Risking his family, his employees, deep-cover Chinese intelligence assets and his own safety to save girls, one at a time, from the clutches of death, Garrow illustrates the power of God to shape lives and influence others to fight injustices around the world.
His work involves letting word spread to Chinese families that their baby girls are wanted by couples around the globe.
He facilitates the transfer of a newborn from family to adoption agency, even though giving up babies for adoption is illegal in China, Human Events said.
For his efforts in “human trafficking,” Garrow was nominated for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which eventually was won by Barack Obama.
Human Events said: “Let history decide who was most deserving. Obama was elected president on a platform of hope and change. Jim Garrow has spent [$31 million] over the past 10 years rescuing an estimated [40,000] Chinese baby girls from near-certain death.”
Using the same entrepreneurial gifts that grew his Pink Pagoda English immersion schools – more than 160 of them – to success, he launched into a career of saving unwanted daughters.
Garrow’s book takes a reader into a world that continues to be shrouded in mystery and shadows. The book’s purpose is not to denigrate the Chinese government or people. Rather, the story of gendercide and of Garrow’s efforts to end it, represent a terrible tragedy for China whose people are forced into heartbreaking choices because of an ill-conceived law established back in 1979.
Garrow is the executive director of the Bethune Institute in Canada and is in charge of the group’s network of schools for children of the Chinese elite.