Fathers across the world

(CFP and agencies)
Updated: 2011-06-18 15:22
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Fathers across the world
Gil Bates (right) poses for a picture with his wife Kelly Bates (second right) and their 18 children in Lake city, Tennessee, United States, Sept 26, 2010. The impressive brood range from 21-year-old Zachh to newborn baby Judson Wyatt. Proud father Gil, 45, runs a tree surgery business which the older boys help with, and is constantly expanding his rural home to accommodate the ever-expanding family. The Bates have never claimed state benefits and believe that children are a blessing from god. [Photo/CFP]

Fathers across the world
Jiang Qisen plays with an adopted baby in Jiaozhou, Shandong province, June 16, 2009. Jiang and her wife adopted four babies with special needs with financial support from US-based Half the Sky Foundation. Jiang gets up at five every morning to take care of the children. "I can do the job as well as a woman," Jiang said. [Photo/CFP]

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