A 15-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother were found stabbed to death at a village in Bijie city, Guizhou province yesterday morning.
The two were found dead at their home in Nayong county’s Zhongxin village. They were children of a migrant worker who was away in the city of Guiyang. According to Xinhua, the pair lived with their 17-year-old sister, and their mother and grandparents had died.
The father had left home for work on Sunday and the elder daughter was off seeing a relative at the time of the kids’ death.
This marks the latest tragedy to hit “left-behind” children in rural China, who are more likely to fall victim to trafficking, murder and suicide.
In June, four siblings who’d been abandoned at their home in Guizhou committed suicide by drinking pesticide.
“The children did not lack food and clothes, but lacked the love and care of parents,” Xiao Wenying, a distant family relative, told reporters. “The parents failed to fulfill their parental responsibilities.”
China has more than 60 million left-behind children in rural areas, most of whom live with grandparents when their parents travel to other cities to work. However, some 3.4 percent of these children are reported to live alone.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for “an end to such tragedies” after the case in June, and has vowed to punish officials who are lax in providing assistance needed by families living in similar conditions.