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Left-behind elderly struggle to survive

(People's Daily Online)

16:15, September 08, 2011

The photo, taken in July 1993, shows the old and the young left behind in Ruyang county of Henan province. (Photo: Jiang Duo)

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

At present, the number of Chinese migrant workers has surpassed 240 million, which form a huge tide of migrant laborers.

The mass exodus of a great number of laborers, especially young laborers, has seriously affected their families left behind in villages. A series of problems that cannot be ignored have emerged in the daily life and minds of the left-behind elderly.

These elderly people not only have to assume the housework that should be done by young people but also have to take care of the left-behind children. Their support to one another is integral as they cope with the challenges of aging separated from their families.

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Peter at 2011-09-0924.87.17.*
These pictures should be displayed in the lobbies of the gleaming skyscrapers around the country, in order to show that behind all the glitter there is still the story of the real hardships of Chinese people.
Canada at 2011-09-0870.36.49.*
The work & challenges facing China’s leaders is mind boggling. There is an enormous population and it is impossible to lift everyone out of poverty at the same time. Development both solves and creates problems. China also faces hostile external pressures that occupy time and resources the leaders would prefer to spend solving internal problems.

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