The children left behind, June 18

18 Jun 2015

The tragic case of four young siblings who took their own lives has highlighted the plight of the mainland’s 60 million “left behind” children. The siblings, aged between five and 13, swallowed pesticide in their squalid home (bottom left) in Bijie’s Cizu village after their father left to work in Guangdong. With millions of migrant workers heading to cities, many villages are now home to just the elderly and the very young. Most children are cared for by relatives, but some two million are left to fend for themselves. Photographers from ImagineChina, Xinhua and ChinaFotoPress visited villages around Bijie, in the southwestern province of Guizhou.