A heartbreaking set of pictures from Qionglai county outside of Chengdu has caused netizens from across China to get all teary-eyed thinking about a young boy seen being dragged away kicking and screaming from his mother as she returns back to the city to work after Chinese New Year.
As a sad side effect of China’s growing economy, millions of villagers from across China have moved to larger cities to find work, often leaving their children behind, in the care of grandparents and relatives.
For these “left-behind children,” the importance of the Spring Festival holiday isn’t just a few weeks out of school, it is also often the only time of the year when they can spend some time with their parents.
But that week ends all too soon for kids like Feng Feng who is dragged away sobbing by his relatives, while his mom, sitting in the car, can nothing.
“You can’t do this to me!” he cries.
It is estimated that China has more than 61 million “left-behind children,” with 2 million of that number having no relatives to rely on.
By Kitty Lai
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