June 5th, 6-year-old Lili of Liuchang village of Qingzhen county city in Guizhou province, the left side of her face covered with black fur, with large and small black spots all over her body. When she was 2 years old, her mother left the family never to return, her father took her to a childcare nursery and disappeared without a trace, and it was kind-hearted distant relative Liu Mingying who brought her back from Guiyang to the village. She has now reached school age and though the school is right in front of her home, attending school is still something unattainable for Lili. Qianzhong Morning News/CFP
Lili was born with these black spots, and when she was two years old, her mother could no longer stand this “fur child”, and in her frustration abandoned Lili, never to return. Her father, who had been working long-term in Guiyang brought her to a children’s nursery, and never reappeared.
In the half year she stayed at the nursery, Lili scared the other nursery children to tears. The person in charge of the nursery put an ad in the newspaper, asking Lili’s family to take her home. By coincidence, an uncle working in a Guiyang repair shop saw that newspaper ad that day, called Liu Mingying, and good-hearted Liu Mingying took her back to the village.
While taking photographs, Lili was constantly scratching these black spots. Lili says these black spots only itch but don’t hurt. Naughtily, she even used her finger to point at these black spots but upon counting to 5, she couldn’t count any further. She says she doesn’t know what number comes after 5.
There are black spots the size of fists and coins spread over her body. On these spots also grow downy black fur. These black spots cover over 60% of her skin.
Lili is very lively and energetic, and loves to laugh. She also tries to find other children to play with, but the other little children either run away scared or make fun of her. Over time, Lili had a nickname: Little Monkey.
Just 100 meters across the front of her home is the village primary school, but Lili has never gone inside. Not only is it because her family is poor, they’re also deathly afraid of the little children who normally call her “Little Monkey” not accepting her.