In China, the starving children

School children in poor areas of China.  2011.  Photo from epochtimes.comIn poor mountain villages of China has a serious problem nutrition and physiological development of children. Many wonder, did the government has no money?

Children mountain Guizhou Province every day get up at 5:00 and no breakfast for 1-2 hours on the mountain trails to get to school. Some almost no dinner, from weakness, they do not attend physical education classes, and just lie on the benches. In 15 hours of lessons are over and the children again 1-2 hours walk along mountain trails home. Only in the evening at home they are able to eat a hot meal, according to the Chinese edition of "Southern Weekend".

Such a life of children is widespread in rural western China.

One of the teachers of inner-city says that when she has dinner, she locked in a separate room so as not to see the eyes of hungry children, eagerly watching as her. Corresponding publication Yan Leshan wonders, 30 years ago the children were starving in China, why now, with such a large economy, our children continue to starve?

Earlier, the China Development Research Foundation in its report pointed out that in poor areas of the country there is a very serious problem nutrition and physiological development of children. According to the report, the growth of children in these areas slowed down by an average of 12% and 72% of children in these areas go to school with the feeling of hunger.

Chairman of the Foundation Lou May said that in 2000, the central government has allocated to schools in which children learn and live in poor areas 100 million yuan ($ 14.2 million) in 2010, this amount increased to 570 million yuan, plus the local authorities in the total amount must allocate as much. The money, he said, aim to help 12 million students.

Wuhan University students have asked why the state charges to help children in poor areas are increasing, but are still a large number of children go hungry? The question went unanswered, according to local television station in Wuhan.

In March of this year, more than 500 employees in Chinese media began a campaign for children in poor areas. As of last month, they grew weak children have free meals in the amount of 16.9 million yuan ($ 2.3 million). Campaigners say that to fully address the nutritional status of children in poor areas to annually allocate about 70 billion yuan.

Dissident from Jiangxi Province named Zhang believes that this action is a test of media for the presence of conscience of the government.

"The Ministry of Finance allocates very little on education and not fed according to their slogan:" Whatever the poor state, you can not skimp on education "," No matter what adversity we can not allow children suffer. " Overall figures we can find in their reports. State income per year is 10 trillion yuan, 56% of which is spent on maintenance of public servants. 620 billion is allocated to the borrowing of social stability. If we deduct the funds for the defense of the country, there remains a very small part, "- he said.

"On the other hand — continues Zhang — Chinese society has long led an army of corrupt officials. These people would not miss the opportunity to get personal gain. A striking example was the recent scandal with the facts of corruption, even in an organization such as the "Red Cross". The already small contributions to education actively stolen by local authorities. This has illustrated the earthquake in Sichuan Province in 2008, when it turned out that many school buildings were built of poor quality materials. As a result, thousands of children were killed. "

He also pointed to the existing discrimination against children of poor villages in contrast to urban children. Zhang compared it with the existing insurance in the country for treatment, 80% of which, according to him, is used as state officials. In poor rural school buildings resemble makeshift thatched roofs, which at any moment could fall apart, the children there are safe, says dissident.

Ilya Ivanov 

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