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China's 'left behind' children

One of the tragedies of China’s economic model is that many children are left behind in villages when their parents go off as migrants to look for jobs.

Often, the children are left with grandparents. But sometimes they are left with more distant relatives. One press report last summer said as many as one out six children – or 58 million – had been left to relatives.

The eight-minute video above is about some “left behind” children in southern China.


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A lot of those kids are going to have better futures because of the sacrifices their parents and relatives made.


What a shock these children will have when their parents come home from the cities to live with them. And what a shock those parents will be when they find that the children are so independent and distant.

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