Farmer woman carrying dynamite home

| March 1st, 2012
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From Mop:

There is an oil well on the west side of Yellow River 12 Road in Binzhou City, Shandong Province.  Many villagers of nearby villages often come here to take gas home by filling a giant plastic bag with nature gas, which really make people sweat for them.  On February 20, oil field staff said, what villagers are doing are really dangerous, however the villagers never stopped when discouraged many times.

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Treacherous road to school

| November 14th, 2011
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In Taxkorgan County of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, a rural village called Pili Village(皮里村) recently became famous when the above photo showing how children travel to school was posted on weibo by a CCTV journalist and retweeted over 16,000 times.

According to the journalist, there are 416 villagers scattering among the mountains, over 80 of them are children eligible for school. However, the school is more than 200 km away, 80 km of which consists of narrow mountain trails, dangerous [...]Read more…

Primary school students study with a coffin in classroom for years

| September 18th, 2011
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From Netease:

A set of photos showed a class of primary school students studying in a classroom with a coffin in the front has shocked Chinese netizens and sparked heated discussion. Two years ago, a primary school in a small village in Shaanxi province was certified as a "dilapidated house". With no funding to build up a new school, the school rented a room from residence as the classroom. Since then, the students have been studying with the coffin.

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New export from China: Babies

| May 21st, 2011
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Based on the cover story of Caixin Century magazine’s May 9th issue.

Yang Libing always bring the photo of his first born daughter Yang Ling with him through his years of searching for her. She would be 7 years old by now.

10 months after born, Yang Ling was taken away by officials from local one child policy office. The reason was that the family didn’t pay "social raising fee". Yang had never saw his daughter again.

One day in 2009, Yang [...]Read more…

Journalists threatened during farmland issue investigation, police refuse to help

| May 19th, 2011
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From Xinhua News:

Local farmers hold banners to require government to give back their farmland

Three Xinhua News Agency journalists were threatened during an investigation of farmland transfer issue in a place in Hebei Province just 40 km away from Beijing three days ago. To their surprise, the local police turned down their request when asked for protection.

The journalists came to Xianghe County in Hebei province to investigate the farmland transfer issue which was reported by the local villagers. Upon their arrival, [...]Read more…

Vegetable price plummets, farmer hangs himself in desperation

| April 28th, 2011
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Han hanged himself, leaving behind his wife and young daughters

In the time when the prices of everything are sky-rocketing up in China, the recent plummeting price of vegetable seems rather abnormal and it is destructive to many vegetable farmers, most of whom are the low income population. A farmer from Shan Dong province hanged himself in desperation, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters.

Han Jin, the 39 year-old farmer, was an introvert and an honest, hard working person. [...]Read more…

19 children go to school in decrepit building, use coffin as seats

| April 24th, 2011
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From Netease | translated by Jue | Edited by Key

Jialun Teaching Point of Jiutian Primary School in Duan County (Yao autonomous county) lies in the deep mountains. It takes at least 4 hours to go out there and return. There used to be a well equipped primary school before March, 2007, but the school building was torn down because it was dilapidated and the new school was not finished yet. Therefore, Jiutian Primary School has to rent a “classroom” with [...]Read more…

Extraordinary love story, village of 119 wet nurses in rural China

| March 27th, 2011
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From: QQ

It’s an quiet ordinary rural Chinese village where people still live in "cave houses", small dwellings built into the side of hills and mountains. But the women in this small village has been doing something extraordinary for more than half a century and it’s not until few days ago that it finally come to the attention of the whole country.

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Do not encourage rural children to go to college

| March 19th, 2011
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From Sina | translated by Ivan | edited by Key

On Mar 7, Wang Ping, member of the national committee of CPPCC, director of Chinese National Museum in Beijing, stated that children from rural areas should not be encouraged to enter university, because once they go to university, they would never go back to their hometown, which would be a tragedy. In her opinion, supporting a child to go to university will cause poverty for a family , and because the [...]Read more…