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Guangxi orphan forced to return home

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a 14-year-old orphan from Guangxi, China, who had been given the opportunity to pursue his education, was forced to return home after his plight caught the attention of the nation.

Guangxi officials had gone with a school principal and a relative of Yang Liu Jin to Shenzhen to take the boy back, claiming that he needed to settle matters over the donations he received.

Yang had been feeding on wild plants and catching his own fish in the woods since he was 10 after his father passed away and his mother remarried.

He was only given an allowance of 10 yuan (S$ 2) each week by a male cousin.

Yang's plight was highlighted in a local television channel last month, which attracted the attention of the Cambridge International Institute in Shenzhen.

The institute decided to provide him with food and shelter, while others donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to him.

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