The boy with a relative./ Photo via Nanguo Morning Post
Although the boy was eligible for kindergarten, his application for enrollment had been turned down, citing health reasons. He has a history of fainting and sudden convulsions – something the kindergarten said could shock other kids.
As the family is not qualified for for government aid, some villagers are now raising money on Wechat, a ubiquitous messaging app, to help the boy to access to medical treatment.
This three-year-old boy is just one of the 61 million “left-behind children” from poor families in China whose parents leave at home to find jobs in other regions, provinces, and even countries. These children, unfortunately, have become a massive social problem that has produced many tragedies.
In June 2015, four left-behind children from the same family in Bijie, an impoverished city in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, committed suicide together by swallowing pesticides. The oldest brother was 13 years old, while the youngest sister was only five. Their mother had left the family, while their father was working in another city – they had dropped out of school because they could not afford it.