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My family has endured many unforeseen obstacles. My sister passed away when I was six years old. In the past decade, I have been through many misfortunes that others seldom experience. My father’s leg was injured in an accident recently, but even before the accident, my family had barely enough income. My mother’s physical condition is failing, and my family has reached a point of destitution. We live on farming and raising pigs, and our main source of income was my father’s job.

I cannot continue my education because my family does not have enough money right now. My brother has already dropped out of school. I never complained when I was doing housework and farmwork for the family, but when my parents told me that they could no longer afford my tuition fee, I felt distressed and depressed. I wish I can support my family, but I feel that I would not be able to shoulder much weight as a young woman in the family. My parents had been saving money for me to study, and learning was the only thing that made me feel worthwhile. I thought learning was my way out – my path to escape poverty.

My family has already taken out loans from relatives, but it looks as if I have no choice but to work now to pay back loans and help my family. I am facing very difficult times now, but I still hold on to my faith that one day, I can have a better life, better than my present situation.

(Translated from Longfeng’s autobiographical sketch)


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