60 million Left-Behind Children forced to separate from parents
In China’s rural areas, the number of left-behind children,
who stay at home and separate from their parents,
exceeds 60 million.
Such a massive juvenile group is facing numerous issues,
which are widely troubling to society.
Analysts point out, this “discriminatory policy"
implemented by the CCP Authorities directly leads to
an increasing problem of left-behind children.
According to the latest figure published by the CCP
Women’s Federation (WF), China’s left-behind children
reached 61 million, one fifth of the total Mainland children,
which means, of every five children, one child has to
separate from the parents most of the time.
The founder of Women’s Rights in China Zhang Qing,
who now lives in America, says that such a figure
issued by China’s WF is not a correct and precise figure.
Zhang Qing: “About several years ago WF just
issued 20 million left-behind children,
but at that time our statistical number is more than 40 million
or around 50 million.
WF is fundamentally a mouthpiece of the CCP Authorities,
so their statistic is almost the same as the official figure.
The real data is normally double the official data,
which has lasted for many years."
On the other hand, Zhang Qing says, the figure also shows
the severity of the problem of Chinas left-behind children.
Left-behind children are referred to as those children
who are forced to stay at hometown or relative’s families,
and most of the time separate from their parents
who have to work far from their homes.
Buquan Town of Long’An County of Guangxi Autonomous
Region of Zhuang Ethnic Group has a population of 23,000,
which is located at a mountainous area
and is one of the poorest towns in China.
Most of the workforce leaves the town and works in other cities.
A sophomore whose family name is Long,
returns home for the Chinese New Year.
He was once a left-behind child.
He recalled his feeling at six or seven years old
when his parents left home to work in other cities.
The sophomore with Long family name:
“the hardest time was when I returned home from the school.
I rarely talked to them and kept a strange feeling to them.
I hoped my mom would stay at home
without working in other cities.
I hoped every time I could stay with her at home
when I came back from school."
Ms Wang and her husband are both working in Foshan City
of Guangdong Province.
The family is also homed at Buquan Town.
Their 5-year-old son Xiao Zicheng told NTD,
he is missing his dad and mom extremely.
His happiest time is his dad and mom returning home
for the Chinese New Year.
Xiao Zicheng: “(hope) dad and mom stay home with me,
and play together with me and a small dragon,
because I love them."
Ms Wang says, due to the poverty of the hometown,
around 80% of local people go to other cities to work
and leave many children cared for by old grannies.
Ms Wang: “(he) knows us, but he doesn’t like to
play with us and feels strange to us.
(Some children) even don’t recognize their parents
and don’t call them dad and mom when parents return home.
Even if asked to call them dad and mom,
they don’t want to.
Some kids cannot recognize their parents after
they have left home and worked outside for several months."
According to statistics, the migrated farmers who work
in urban areas far away from their rural homes
have a population of around 250 million.
China’s binary registered residence regime leads to
many migrated people facing restrictions in multiple aspects.
Further considering the poor income and living conditions,
most migrated farmers’ children have to
stay at their rural homes and be cared by grannies or relatives.
Zhang Qing says, the most serious issue of
China’s left-behind children is security.
Due to the absence of their parents,
girls are vulnerable to abuse, including sexual offences,
whereas boys are possibly forced
to do slave work or child labor.
Zhang Qing says:
“the second issue is their psychological health,
which involves even one hundred million kids.
What sort of psychological status, personal emotions
and affection to family will these kids have,
or how will they understand family affection
and family values after they grow up and become adults?
Are these normal? This is of course a huge problem.
Some scholars have already noticed the problem.
The consequence might be disastrous to society."
Zhang Qing points out, the CCP is a totalitarian government
which only cares about its own interest.
The government might say,
in order to achieve development,
left-behind children have to pay such a cost.
But these kids are innocent!
Zhang Qing confirms that it is governmental policy that
leads to an aggravated problem of
Chinese left-behind children, and hence
such a calamitous consequence has to be taken over
by the CCP leadership group.
Interview & Edit/YiRu Post-Production/LiYong