Heartbreaking pictures show family living in rubbish tip


These shocking photos show a family who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years.

Homeless Yang Songshi, 50, moved from his home in eastern China’s Shandong province to Shanxi province 330 miles away in the hope of finding a better life.

But after being unable to find a job because he cannot read or write, he ended up living on a 600 square-metre patch of land which has grown into a tip.

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Family: Yang Songshi’s, his wife and children have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years

Yang is married to Li Runling, 45, and has four children.

He provides for his family by searching the dump for anything he may

be able to resell.

He said: “Life is difficult.

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Heart-breaking: One of Yang’s four children lying among piles of waste

“My wife isn’t able to help as she has problems and so I am the only one who can feed our children.

“But because we don’t have an official address, I can’t register the kids as residents and therefore they can’t go to school.

These shocking photos show a family who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years.

Homeless Yang Songshi, 50, moved from his home in eastern China’s Shandong province to Shanxi province 330 miles away in the hope of finding a better life.

But after being unable to find a job because he cannot read or write, he ended up living on a 600 square-metre patch of land which has grown into a tip.

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Family: Yang Songshi’s, his wife and children have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years

Yang is married to Li Runling, 45, and has four children.

He provides for his family by searching the dump for anything he may be able to resell.

He said: “Life is difficult.

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Heart-breaking: One of Yang’s four children lying among piles of waste

“My wife isn’t able to help as she has problems and so I am the only one who can feed our children.

“But because we don’t have an official address, I can’t register the kids as residents and therefore they can’t go to school.

“I can’t read or write so I can’t help them and nor can my wife.”

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Playing: Local woman Li Fu said seeing children live there was ‘heartbreaking’

But there may be hope for the family as officials have opened an investigation after locals got together to try and help.

Local woman Li Fu, 39, said: “To see the children playing amongst all that rubbish is just heartbreaking.

“We wanted to raise awareness of their plight so we took photos of the family and put them onto the internet in the hope that someone would see them and do something.”

Family: Yang Songshi’s, his wife and children have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years

Yang is married to Li Runling, 45, and has four children.

He provides for his family by searching the dump for anything he may be able to resell.

He said: “Life is difficult.

Heart-breaking: One of Yang’s four children lying among piles of waste

“My wife isn’t able to help as she has problems and so I am the only one who can feed our children.

“But because we don’t have an official address, I can’t register the kids as residents and therefore they can’t go to school.

“I can’t read or write so I can’t help them and nor can my wife.”

A family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Playing: Local woman Li Fu said seeing children live there was ‘heartbreaking’

But there may be hope for the family as officials have opened an investigation after locals got together to try and help.

Local woman Li Fu, 39, said: “To see the children playing amongst all that rubbish is just heartbreaking.

“We wanted to raise awareness of their plight so we took photos of the family and put them onto the internet in the hope that someone would see them and do something.”

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Illiterate: Yang can’t find work as he is unable to read or write

The photos were then seen by local officials.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are aware of the family’s predicament and are looking into what can be done.

CENA family, fathered by Yang Songshi, 50, who have been living in a rubbish dump for 20 years have forced local officials into action after their situation was made public
Investigation: There’s hope for the family after officials pledged to look into their plight

“Hopefully, there will be a way for us to help them.”

Yang said: “My dream is to make a better life for our children.

“Anything has to be better than this.”