Life in the rural parts of the Mainland of China could be really difficult for some people living there. The density of the population is high as well as the unemployment rates and many people rely on farming just to survive. One of these people living in the Sichuan Province in China is the 40-year-old single father Yu Xukang. He is a farmer by trade and relies solely on his land for survival.
The 40-year-old also has a 12-year-old son named Xiao Qiang who suffers from a crippling disorder. Xiao was born with birth defects that disabled his ability to walk and sit straight. His legs and arms are twisted irreversibly. The father Xukang could not find an adequate school nearby their home which can accommodate the needs of his son. The single father was rejected by schools many times before he finally found a school for his son.
However the school that accepted his 12-year-old was located 4.5 miles away from Xukang’s home, so the father was forced to carry his son to school on his back every single day. He would wake up in 5 a.m. in the morning each day and carry his son to school then come back and attend his farm before he had to go and pick him up again. The distance of 18 miles per day does not scare the single father at all who believes that there is nothing wrong with his son’s mind and he should not be deprived of the opportunity of proper education.