外文标题：China villages have over 61 million ‘forced orphans’
BEIJING: China’s rural areas have over 61 million “left behind” children with a “motherless village” accounting for 132 abandoned kids, highlighting the plight as they are neglected by their parents in pursuit of jobs in cities, even as reports said girls living in such conditions are most vulnerable to sexual offences.
Huangjing village in central China’s Hunan province’s Shaoyang county has 132 kids living without their mothers earning the “motherless village” tag. It once again puts the spotlight on the problem of migrant-workers’ children, or what are called “left-behind children”, in China, state-run People’s Daily reported on Sunday. All these 132 children are school-age kids with oldest ones attending middle school. Around 116 are motherless because their mothers either remarried or simply left home without returning while the mothers of the rest passed away, the report said.
Most of the kids in Huangjing village do not remember how their mothers look like or only have a glimpse of their appearances. In the absence of mothers’ care, these children suffer from even emotional traumas. China has over 260 million migrant labourers who, over the past few decades, served as cheap labour for the world’s second largest economy’s unprecedented economic growth, as per last year’s official estimates.
China has 61 million “left behind” Children in rural areas whose parents have gone to cities in search of work while leaving them with grand parents or relatives, a recent study by the All China Women’s Foundation, an official body, said. Around 30 million children under the age of 18 have no parents at home and two million fend for themselves with no adult guardian, according to the study. Migrant girls or children of migrant workers face higher chances of assault in developed areas, a report by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund said.
too big a number
really pathetic..poverty is the reason behind this. this explains how success of china as shown by the Chinese media is only a small part of the story.
Oh my god. China which has a one child norm also have parents who leave their children and go away for jobs? What happened the family values and feelings?
the world economists should think of sustainable model of development. the model of profits on cheap labour and destruction to environment will lead us to nowhere. the happiness of large population is sacrificed to sacrifice the greed of few billionaires
That is equal to the population of UK!
If surveyed, India could beat this figure!
Incentive and good financial support to agriculture sector is the only permanent solution to keep people to stay in the their own place and take care of children also. China should never go for robotic factory management that may worsen the unemployment problem