As workers leave the countryside in the hope of better pay, the communities they leave behind face increasing poverty.

 

This article titled “China’s rural poor left stranded as urbanites race ahead” was written by Tania Branigan in Guizhou, for The Guardian on Monday 3rd October 2011 17.42 UTC

To understand just how poor rural Guizhou is, you can look at the statistics. Or you can look at the children in Qixin village.

Zhao Ai is nine, but is so short he appears three years younger. He eats nothing between leaving home at 6.30am – for a two-hour trek down the mountain to Ruiyuan primary school – and returning at 5pm.

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