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Left-Behind Children Share Their View

By Luo Lilan and Wu Gang

When Liangshan, a remote mountainous prefecture in southwestern China, hits the headlines, it’s often for sad tales about its high HIV prevalence, children having to scramble down a cliff face to get to school or orphaned children going to nearby cities to fight in commercial mixed martial arts bouts.

Volunteers who try to help the 5 million people living in the impoverished region — more than half of whom are members of the Yi ethnic minority — with health care or education have come and gone over the years. But how many people know about the real lives of the children of Liangshan? How do these children behave when there are no outsiders around?

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