Young and Abandoned: Orphans on the Verge of Institutionalization (48 images)

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Young and Abandoned

The situation is familiar throughout China. The children have been abandoned, and their caretakers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, cannot support them financially or emotionally. In some cases, family tragedy took the lives of both parents, in others, Chinese social customs created a situation in which a mother had to leave the child for a new husband and a new life.

The conditions inside China's orphanages are often inhumane and...
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