Girl does homework under a phone torch held by a kind passer-by


A schoolgirl in China has had to do her homework on a dark street under a phone torch while looking after a fruit stall for her father.

The child initially had no source of light at all while writing her mathematical assignment.

A passer-by, surprised by the pupil's study condition, turned on the light on his phone and held it over her head to help her see better. 

The heart-breaking story took place in Kaili, a tourist city in southern China's Guizhou Province, on September 5. It was captured on a video released by Pear Video. 

To the surprise of many viewers, the video recorder revealed that the girl's father was present at the store. 

It was claimed that the parent, in his 40s, had got drunk and fallen asleep by the shop, leaving his daughter to sell fruits and write homework in the dark.

'Give more attention to your child,' one person urged the man after watching the clip on Weibo.

Another user said: 'Hope the child can change her own fate [by studying hard].'

The story provides an insight into the life of China's migrant workers and their children - whose contribution forms the pillar of the country's fast economic growth.

When a couple move from rural China to cities to take up jobs - in restaurants, on construction sites or simply being street hawkers - they would typically leave their child in their hometown to be looked after by the grandparents.

And these young boys and girls, amounting to nine million across China, are known as the 'left-behind children'. They usually only see their parents once a year.

In the rare event when the couple do manage to bring their son or daughter with them into the city, the child will need to look after him or herself during the long hours when the parents have to work.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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