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China’s Population of Severely Poor Equal To Entire U.S. Population

January 13, 2008
January 13, 2008
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YANGMIAO, China — When she gets sick, Li Enlan, 78, picks herbs from the woods that grow nearby instead of buying modern medicines. This is not the result of some philosophical choice, though. She has never seen a doctor and, like many residents of this area, lives in a meager barter economy, seldom coming into contact with cash.
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 “We eat somehow, but it’s never enough,” Ms. Li said. “At least we’re not starving.”In this region of southern Henan Province, in village after village, people are too poor to heat their homes in the winter and many lack basic comforts like running water. Mobile phones, a near ubiquitous symbol of upward mobility throughout much of this country, are seen as an impossible luxury.
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People here often begin conversations with a phrase that is still not uncommon in today’s China: “We are poor.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/
world/asia/13china.html