Last year, Yi Miaomiao’s father was tragically killed in a car accident, afterward her mother left the family and hasn’t been seen since. That leaves the seven-year-old girl responsible for taking care of her ailing grandparents all by herself.
Miaomiao takes care of many of the household chores at the family’s home in an impoverished Hubei village outside of Yichang city. She helps her grandparents peel potatoes, wash the dishes and sweep the road outside of their home.
According to China Daily, her grandmother is mentally disabled and has trouble using her right arm. Meanwhile, her grandfather suffers from a rare skin disease that means his skin can’t be exposed to too much water, especially in the winter.
Even with these serious responsibilities, Miaomiao has been able to excel in school, where luckily she is not the only student.
She has a lot in common with one seven-year-old boy from Guizhou province who was left to take care of his paralyzed father after his mother walked out on them both.
Once again, this latest story exposes glaring holes in China’s social safety net that leave a seven-year-old girl responsible for caring for her elderly and ailing grandparents.
[Images via China Daily]