Life on a leash

Xie Guobiao is tied to a pillar with a rope at his home in Daohui village

Not a tale of child abuse, but William Hong’s dispatch is still one of the most poignant stories I’ve come across in quite some time: “Every morning, as soon as Xie Juntu wakes up, he ties his grandson to a pillar. His aim, however, is not to torture the boy but to keep him safe and save the family from bankruptcy.”


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