Photos of a five-year-old “left-behind” girl spotted sweeping the streets around the Liziyuan community in Longhui county, Shaoyang city, Hunan province have been circulating online.
Xia Meiling, whose parents work at a clothing plant in Guangzhou, is currently being raised by her 64-year-old grandma, according to web portal China Youth.
The grandma is a sanitation worker who rents a house near the community and takes care of her granddaughter.
Xia Meiling often follows her grandma around to help with cleaning on weekends. They cooperate well together, and when one sweeps the floor, the other dumps trash.
The sight of the wee little sanitation worker picking up garbage seems to have caused much less of an uproar than that of the 6-year-old girl in Wuhan who was photographed clearing dirty dishes off tables for university students.
Sweet or a bit sad?
By Lucy Liu
[Images via China Youth]
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