Today China still has over 60 million children living under extreme poverty in rural areas, largely excluded from government assistance. These left-behind children remain in rural regions of China have to take care of themselves in every aspect of life while their parents leave to work in urban areas.
In some cases, these children are taken care of by relatives, usually by grandparents who do not have much concern from the government either.
According to government statistics, as of 2017, there are approximately 69 million children left behind. Many of these children face developmental and emotional challenges as a result of the limited interaction with their biological parents. The lack of infrastructure and parental support have led to a host of additional challenges like basic education, physical well-being, and healthy social relationships.
Human rights groups have asserted that approximately 50% of the “left-behind” children in China go through melancholy and apprehension, in comparison to 30% of their urban peers. Likewise, they are more likely to suffer from mood swings and trauma. They typically have inferiority complexes, lower sense of worth and lesser self-confidence. Most of them lack a sense of security and are too afraid or anxious to interact with other people.
The suicide rate of Chinese rural children is among the highest in the world.
Edited by staff