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 Fusong, who is a doctor in the village, posing for a photo in front of the village clinic on May 24, 2023 (above) and 10-year-old Meng Fusong (1st right) 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]

One of their sweetest childhood memories was standing at the door and waiting for their father to come home for the Chinese New Year, coveting the candies and gifts he would bring them from the faraway city where he worked.

Their father Meng Guisu, who did not even finish primary school, joined the majority of villagers who worked far away from home. But he insisted his own sons should receive a better education and earn a decent living. For many parents, schooling was worth the hardship along the children's long, dangerous trek.

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