On January 30, 2010 – the first day of the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year), a young mother trudged towards the station, on her back a giant sack filled with daily necessities, the left hand holds the handle of the torn backpack, the baby is carried in front of the chest, supported by the right hand.
That moment was captured by the Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhou Kha at the Nanchang Train Station in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, eastern China. The photo titled “Son, Mom take me home” quickly spread widely across the country’s social networks of billions of people.
The photo made China “stirring up” 11 years ago. Photo: Chu Khai.
Despite being weighed down on the back of the baggage, the resolute gaze of the mother moved countless Chinese people. Since then, the image of a young mother bringing her child back to her hometown has become a symbol of the annual spring festival – a time when hundreds of millions of Chinese people return home to celebrate the Chinese New Year, at the same time also used to praise motherhood love. sacred.
Not only caused “storm” the network, but also helped reporter Zhou Kha win the Gold Award for Chinese Press Photography and the 21st China Press Award in 2011.
At that time, many people were curious about the identity of the fierce mother in the photo. However, reporter Zhou has no contact information for her. Until recently, thanks to the online community for help and determination to search, reporter Chu found an inspirational character in the past.
Accordingly, the young mother is Ba Moc Ngoc Bo Moc (32 years old), from the Di ethnic group in Dao Vien village, Viet Tay district, the self-governing Chau Di Luong Son ethnic group, Sichuan province, southwest China.
The inspirational mother is still no different. Photo: Chu Kha.
Dad Moc said the picture was taken while she was rushing home after working in Nanchang for 5 months. The young mother remembers the arduous journey that lasted for three days and two nights, riding the train while riding the bus. She packed bread, instant noodles, baby diapers and cotton blankets in sacks. The luggage was so bulky that many kind passengers offered to assist her with her carry.
Bo Moc’s hometown is one of the poorest regions in the country, poverty alleviation is also not favorable due to the harsh natural environment. Extreme poverty has forced many local women in many ways to make a foul promise right from the moment of birth. They get married at the age of 16-17, spend the rest of their lives farming and taking care of their families.
Dad Moc said her childhood was nothing but the mountains. She has no chance to go to school. Wishing her children a better life, she decided to join the migrant workforce looking for higher-paying jobs in the cities.
In Nanchang, Bo Moc works in a brick factory, earning about 500 yuan (1.78 million dong) per month. The 32-year-old mother shares, the salary is not high, but it can help her create a better life for her children.
After Bo Moc returned home on the Lunar New Year 2010, his homeland gradually changed positively. The government’s poverty reduction guidelines require local authorities to adjust support measures in accordance with local conditions. Many villagers began to plant more profitable tobacco trees and other crops. This brings new hope to Bo Moc and her husband.
Bo Moc’s family has grown maize, buckwheat and potatoes for generations on an area of 0.4 hectares. Eligible for poor household registration, the Bo Moc family is assigned specific assistants, comprising an agricultural technician and staff member. Under the guidance of the experts, they started growing tobacco plants. From trial to large-scale planting, the Bo Moc family’s efforts have paid off. By 2020, they are no longer included in the book of poor households, their annual income is up to 100,000 yuan (356 million dong).
The most obvious change of the Bo Moc family is moving to live in a solid reinforced concrete house, which comes from government subsidies. “Living in a house like that, not having to suffer from leaky rain is what I dreamed of since childhood,” said Bo Moc. Before that, she lived in a terracotta house for 30 years.
Bo Moc’s family has moved from real estate to a concrete house. Photo: Chu Kha
Due to limited local health, Bo Moc lost two children to illness, including the one in the famous photo. However, at present each village in the district has a medical station and people only have to pay a small portion of the medical fee. Bo Moc’s family is also supported with funding for health care and education. Thanks to that, the remaining 4 children are all educated properly and grow up healthy.
The old child is gone. Bo Moc currently has 4 children. They all go to school properly. Photo: Chu Kha
In addition, thanks to the high-speed railway and other upgraded infrastructure, the journey back home two days and nights 11 years ago by Bo Moc was reduced to 14 hours. “Back then I never expected a life like it is today. Therefore, no matter how difficult life is, we must not be discouraged and move forward ”, said Bo Moc with a smile.
Reporter Zhou Kha found the mother in the Chinese shocking photo after 11 years. Image: Li Sijia.
According to the Xinhua News Agency
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