An orphan from Guangxi who was given the opportunity to study at Cambridge International Institute in Shenzhen was forced to return to his home village by local officials. Their reason: they needed him back so they could save face.
Last month, the story of an orphan named Yang Liujin from a village near Guangxi’s Baise city who lived off wild plants and made fishing tools to survive went viral after it was reported on TV. The headmistress of Cambridge International Institute in Shenzhen surnamed Liu was touched and decided to provide Yang with food and shelter. Liu then took Yang to study in Shenzhen with the consent of Yang’s relatives.
Yang had lived a hard knock life since the age of 6, when his dad passed away and his mom remarried. After the death of his grandparents 4 years ago, he lived off an allowance of just 10 RMB a week from a relative. He was forced to eat wild plants to stave off hunger and even made fishing tools by himself.
When he arrived in Shenzhen, the new school took good care of him by providing clothing and other amenities. People from this school would also take him to the parks during the weekend. After Yang’s story was reported by the media, people from different sectors donated hundreds of thousand dollars to him out of sympathy.
However, this little boy’s good luck was fleeting. Last Friday, Guangxi government officials, together with the principal of the local school, his cousin, and reporters, went to Shenzhen to take him back to his home village. They said that Yang was now a public figure and they needed to bring him back to “handle something”, including the donations.
Yang loved life in the city and was unwilling to return to his native soil. His new school in Shenzhen also thought that it would be more beneficial to his growth. However, the whole issue was finally resolved when the Shenzhen school agreed to have Yang brought back to Guangxi, following a series of confrontations at a local police station.
Officals from Guangxi government told reporters from Apple Daily that the media reports had affected the reputation of the government, so they needed to take the boy back. “We will definitely arrange well for his life,” the official said.
The person-in-charge of the Cambridge International Institute in Shenzhen said that they felt sorry about the issue and that it was better for Yang to become educated in Shenzhen. “We couldn’t do anything as his relatives also insisted on taking him back to Guangxi,” she said.
[Images Via Apple Daily]
By Jennifer Hui