Poor Rural Elderly Deserve Attention – China Daily

 Img Assets 200501 050116075911Manhuaphoto200511601From China Daily:

A 71-year-old vagrant who sought to spend his remaining years in prison has aroused widespread concern over the well-being of China’s 120 million , particularly the 90 million in rural areas who often fall through the welfare net.

With no home and no money, Li Zhaokun decided prison was the best place for him. On November 9, he deliberately started a in a mountain forest in Zhongshan, a center in the southern province of Guangdong.

Investigators found Li had finished a five-year term on charges of only a week before, but he said he wanted to return to prison, which promised food, shelter and an end to his lifelong vagrancy. [Full Text]

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