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Life as a “left-behind child” in a poor mountain village in China

06:19 Min

Qiu He, 12, lives in school for most of the week and on his grandparents’ farm on weekends, in Ninglang Yi Autonomous County in northwest Yunnan. He sees his mother, who works in the city, only once or twice a year. The locals believe that education is their way out of rural poverty and to economic opportunities elsewhere. But Qiu He wants even more - he dreams of becoming a singer and “making a lot of money” to give his family a better life.

Qiu He, 12, lives in school for most of the week and on his grandparents’ farm on weekends, in Ninglang Yi Autonomous County in northwest Yunnan. He sees his mother, who works in the city, only once or twice a year. The locals believe that education is their way out of rural poverty and to economic opportunities elsewhere. But Qiu He wants even more - he dreams of becoming a singer and “making a lot of money” to give his family a better life.

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