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More female migrant workers return to hometowns in China to aid children

Asia One, China, 11 September 2020 - Ma Haizhe, a mother of two, decided to return to her rural hometown-Xiaohe village of Tianshui city in Gansu province - in 2014 to take care of her children when her 6-year-old son was preparing to attend primary school and her daughter, 3, was old enough for kindergarten.

Like many other couples in Xiaohe, Ma and her husband left home and migrated to find work in a bigger city. The couple became servers in a restaurant in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province, soon after they married in 2008.

Ma gave birth to their son in Xi'an and came back to the village with him the next year.

Ten months later, she left him with her mother and rushed to Xi'an for work. For six years, the couple rarely came home other than during the Spring Festival.

Like Ma, 32, a growing number of rural women who are paying more attention to their children's education have chosen to stay in their hometowns to care for their kids themselves, according to Huang Lixia, director of the local women's federation in Huangmen township.

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Source: https://www.asiaone.com/china/more-female-migrant-workers-return-hometowns-china-aid-children

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