A deserted child from Guangxi Province, dubbed “the grass-eating boy” because he was so poor, suddenly got his family back after he received donations worth 5 million yuan (about $802,000).
Liujin Yang, 12, lost his father six years ago, and his mother married another man. He lived with his grandparents until four years ago, when they also died, after which he had to fend for himself on only 10 yuan (about $1.50) a week from his cousin. Yang ate grass, weeds, and wild vegetables to survive, and made fishing tools to supplement his food. At school, he was bullied for having no father or guardian.
When his story was first reported, a school in Shenzhen City offered to waive his tuition fees and give him free accommodation, and some people also gave money to him, according to Sina News.
Unfortunately the donations were so large, they had the opposite effect: Yang’s cousin and local officials from his hometown took him back to Guangxi, supposedly to help him look after the money, even though he didn’t want to go back.
Bloggers commented on the boy’s plight, concerned that the cousin was only interested in the money.
One said: “Nobody cared about the child when he was suffering in hunger. Now they turn up when he gets money. Where were they when he was eating grass?”
Another wrote: “I request the local government publicize the names of the guardians, so we can supervise the use of the money.”
A third commented: “This society is so cold. I want to change it!”
With translated research by Iris.