While other 6-year-old children go to school on the weekdays, Liu Yiting, a left-behind child from Jining, Shandong province, spends the day sweeping the streets with her grandparents.
After the girl’s parents got divorced four years ago, Liu moved in with her grandparents in Jinan, NetEase News reports. Her grandparents, both sanitation workers, bring in about 3,000 RMB all together every month. Liu’s father has been working in Shenzhen for one year, and the family lost contact with her mother four years ago.
Liu’s grandfather had attempted to enroll her at a local school, but the girl’s application was denied because her grandparents don’t actually have custody of the girl and they couldn’t provide her parents’ social security documents.
The plights of left-behind children have long been an issue in rural China. Parents living in small villages often have no other choice than to travel to developed cities to find a job, and their children are usually left home to be raised by grandparents. One of the main consequences of this phenomenon is the kids’ “lack of emotional care from their parents”, China Daily previously reported. Many of their grandparents are poorly educated and unable to deliver to children’s mental demands.
Earlier this year, a five-year-old left-behind girl was spotted sweeping street in Hunan.
By Dina Li