Children in the photos witness changes in China mountain village

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-06-05 10:11
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This combo photo shows Meng Keyou, who is about to graduate from a vocational school, posing for a photo in front of his home on Jan 16, 2023 (above) and 10-year-old Meng Keyou sitting for a rest on a cliff on his way to school on Sept 5, 2012 (below) in Nonglei village of Dahua Yao autonomous county, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua]

Meng was put in the middle of a group, sandwiched between two older children who were expected to give him a hand in case of danger. From their home village Nongyong, they had to get to the other side of the mountain to the nearest school. The trek was long and dangerous, so they only went home on the weekends.

Guangxi is one of the areas facing the worst level of stony desertification, and Dahua county, predominantly inhabited by the Yao ethnic group, is located in Karst landscapes covered with rocks. Meng's home village was once identified as uninhabitable by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations due to its extremely tough natural conditions.

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