Zhao Yaqin: ‘I should carry the responsibility of poverty alleviation and family’

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    Zhao Yaqin, 36, has been the first secretary in a deeply impoverished village of Tantu, Longnan City, northwest China’s Gansu Province since 2018. She bid farewell to her husband and son, and is working on #poverty alleviation projects in the remote area. Due to her being away, she is unable to take care of her son and family. On a sleepless night, Zhao once planned to give up her work in the village. But when she saw the expectation and recognition of the villagers, Zhao couldn’t bear to leave like that.

    In February 2020, during the peak of the COVID-19 epidemic, Zhao Yaqin stayed in the village for more than 20 days. She then brought her son to live with her in the village after discussing it with her husband. With the company of her son during visits to poor households, Zhao said she became more aware of the urgent need for help for #left-behind rural children.

    She also pays special attention to the female villagers who can’t go out to work and earn money, showing them that women can hold up half of the sky with their practical actions. #RoadtoXiaokang2021

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