Jia Haixia, 53, and Jia Wenqi, 53, have one of the most wonderful friendships in imaginable. An extraordinary destiny connects the two, for even though one is blind and the other has no arms, they master each day together.
Both grew up in the tiny village of Yeil in the northeast of China. Their friendship is so close that she are actually more like brothers for they have known each other for their entire lives.
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Haixia was born blind in one eye, suffering from a bad cataract. But after a work accident in 2000, he also lost the sight in his other eye and is now completely blind. His best friend is hit by a different great misfortune: he touchd an exposed cable at work and suffered a terrible electric shock. Because of his severe injuries, both arms had to be amputated.
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This was particularly difficult for Haixia, who is completely blind: he fell into a deep depression, for he had no idea how he would now support his family. That his wife was also seriously ill, dejected him even further.
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As Wenqi hears of his friend's misfortune, he offers him help immediately: Wenqi no longer has arms, but he can see. And while Haixia is blind, Wenqi can lend him his arms.
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"I am his hands, he is might sight," says Haixia and laughs. "We are pretty good partners."
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And since neither can work in the factory any more, they started a very special proejct together, that could save the lives of hundreds every year.

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The two have begun to reforest the area around their village, for Haixia is an experienced forester and knows how to do it. In 13 years the two have planted over 10,000 trees and now care for them. But in their own way.
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Haixia sometimes even climbs on Wenqi's shoulder to remove dead branches from the top of the trees. "When we work together, two people become one."
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Their friendship and work doesn't just help the environment, but it gives the two a stabile income to feed their families. Their work also protects the village that they life in: the village of Yeli is often threatened by flooding catastrophies and the trees prevent flooding. 
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"For me the decision wasn't complicated," says Haixia. "I am disabled and didn't want to burden my family, so I plant trees."
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Meanwhile, the work has even stabilized the local riverbed. Where the land once empty and barren was, there are now trees and birds nesting in them. The roots solidify their life-giving earth.
Even technological development hasn't left Yeli untouched. Haixia has learned that there may be an operation that could give him his sight back. But now he knows: if he ever was to regain his eyesight, he would still work with Wenqi and be his friend.
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"It doesn't matter if I get my eyesight back or not, I'll keep working - until my last breath," says Haixia.
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This unbelievable story of friendship is being heard around the world right now, for what the two do every day is absolutely exceptional. Share this moving friendship with everyone that you know.

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