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The young boy struggles to sit still as he talks to his parents, who left their hometown for work when he was just two years old

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One young mother cradles her infant child. Girls are eager to tie the knot as they fear they will otherwise face an arranged marriage

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Cai and her husband Ming use a neighbour's hand mill to grind corn. Ming says he misses single life and spending time with his friends

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Sixteen-year-old Xiao Rong with her husband Xiao Yong and their 10-month-old baby in Mengla county, Yunnan province

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Despite the obvious difficulties of marrying and giving birth so young, the teenage mothers find time to enjoy life with their children

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Thirteen-year-old Jie, pictured in yellow, lives in Wen’s parent's home on the top of a mountain in a village called Tangzibian
According to Muyi Xiao, the girls are also eager to tie the knot earlier fearing an arranged marriage to a man of their parents choosing - instead of their own - if they don't settle down fast enough.
Aside from the obvious difficulties of marrying and giving birth so young, the impact of the children 'left behind' as their parents migrate to cities for work is yet unknown.
Once they have given birth, the couple are often forced to move to earn money - where the hours and accommodation are unsuitable for a newborn and so leave them with their grandparents in the village.

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16-year-old Xiao Xin watches cartoons with her one-year-old daughter in Guangdong village. She started dating her husband when they were both in 5th grade, but dropped out of school after getting married in 2013

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