Guiyang migrant worker children spend their
days scavenging garbage dumps
Guiyang Gaoyan Garbage Landfill, is Guizhou
province’s first and largest municipal landfill. Around it live over a hundred
migrant worker households who scavenge the garbage for a living. It is on these
garbage heaps that the children of these migrant workers spend their
A three-member family that lives here, who
spend 8 hours every day scavenging from the garbage, their income only 700-800
yuan every month, only enough to maintain the lowest standard of
living. So the children here, as small as six to seven years old, all spend
their time outside of school following the adults in scavenging on the garbage
piles for “treasures” that can be recycled or sold, to reduce the financial
burden in their households.
During the school year, they will work at
the garbage dump from when school is out until eight or nine at night before
going home. During the summer break, the older children will enter the garbage
dump at dusk and work until the next morning before leaving. Photo is of a child
scavenging in the garbage dump.
In order to save on rent, the families here
often live four to five people in a 10-something square meter house, with the
empty space being piled full of garbage. Without any disinfectant measures and
long-term exposure to garbage has greatly increased the chances of the children
suffering infectious diseases. Photo is of several children sitting on a
These children live on the city’s fringes,
in bad living conditions, with extremely poor family situations, usually
entering school very late, some only entering school at 11-12 years of age,
while others don’t even have the opportunity to go to school at all. Due to the
lack of education and life skills, of these children who spend their childhood
years growing up in the garbage dump, some have already dropped out of school
while others have already “taken the occupation of their fathers”. Photo is of a
small girl doing her homework beside a pile of garbage bags near the entrance to
A child sleeping on her mother’s back. Due
to not having anyone to take care of them, some children spend their days on
their mothers’ backs in the garbage dump from the moment they are
Photo is of a mother taking three children
to go scavenge garbage.
Photo is of several children playing in
front of her home.
Comments from NetEase:
Seeing these children’s disappointing lives, I don’t believe in
anything anymore, I just want to swear/curse! I just want to
Their homes are really dirty, their clothes are really dirty, their
entire bodies are dirty, but their hearts are very pure. May you grow up
On this magical land, the lives of the rabble
are so harsh!
These children may spend their entire lives without being able to ride
the high-speed trains, drink Maotai, nor will they be able to take out money to donate to
the Red Cross Society. Their hearts are indeed pure, not feeling
that what happens to them is unfair, quietly accepting their reality, while us
bystanders can only express indignation towards the unfairness in this society.
This kind of news should be reported more, so that everyone will pay more
attention to these children.
Those in support please ding
Even though it is a little extreme, to have such harsh lives and
wanting this many children only to have them suffer after being born is also a
kind of irresponsibility [by the parents]!
If the child doing her homework can be found, I’m willing to
financially aid her education and living expenses…
If these photos weren’t in color, people would think they were
Take a portion of the money invested in the Universiade to go help them. It will improve things a lot, at
least stop them from dropping out of school… Children are
The Shenzhen Universiade cost 200 billion
When I was small, my older sister, younger brother, and I also
scavenged garbage for money during winter and summer breaks… That was 20 years
ago… To see that children are still spending their childhood in such a manner is
When it comes to the people’s lives, they [the government] says there
is no money. When it comes to face, hundreds of billions can be spent. All
With this kind of news, the wumao will have selective
Just one Universiade lunchbox is enough for the poor little girl to
live for a month!!!!!
Other than their skin [color] being different from children in Uganda,
their experiences are the same. Stop using sympathetic words to go describe
African refugees, take a look at our own children.
When I see how we still have so many children who can’t afford to go to
school or enough to eat and yet we’re giving Africa several billion or several hundred billion to
hold the Universiade, I can’t help but say that I am indeed an American