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China: The Damned of Development


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Living beneath Beijing's skyscrapers and residential blocks are an estimated 1 million migrant...

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Laing Hongqin, 38, and Li Xiaoxue, 18, are both from Hebei province. They work as vendors in a department store in the capital. Image by Sim Chi Yin / VII. China, 2015.

Pulitzer Center grantee Sim Chi Yin's images are featured, alongside an article by Patrick Saint-Paul, in the May 6 edition of Le Figaro.

Saint-Paul is the author of "Le Peuple des Rats" ("The Rat People," Grasset, €20), which also features Sim's photograph on the cover.

Excerpt translated from theFrench:
Actors of the Chinese economic miracle, they left their country for a better life in Beijing. Taking up odd jobs where they find them, they are more than a million to live in unhealthy basements of the capital, no water, no windows and no heating...Saint- Paul, the BBC's China correspondent, tells of this forbidden world, hidden by the regime.

Read the full story in French in Le Figaro (paywall protected).


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