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Street children live in hole in a wall

This photo taken on April 23 shows Xiaolai, 17, helping his friend Xiaoning, 8, climb into a hollowed-out section in a wall where they have been living with a third boy, also 17, for half a year. Photos: CFP

Three homeless boys – one aged 8 and the others 17 – who come from different families in northeastern China′s Shenyang city, have been living together like siblings in a hollowed-out section in a wall near the city′s railway station for half a year. Their shelter is half a meter high and 2 meters wide.

All of their parents are divorced, and some say that their family background is partly to blame for their fate.

Xiaoning, the youngest of the three, lived with his father after his mother left them several years ago. However, his father would apparently never return home until late at night – for reasons that remain unclear - and never worried if he did not see his son at home.

Xiaoshuai, another of the boys, said his mother left home when he was 4, and his father left him 6 years later.

The third youth is Xiaolai.

This photo taken on April 23 shows two homeless boys - Xiaolai, 17, carrying his friend Xiaoning, 8, who has sprained his ankle - on a street in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province.

 Xiaolai, a 17-year-old street boy, uses his mouth to lift a bicycle near the railway station in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, on April 23, as his friend Xiaoshuai, also 17, (left) watches. Another boy, Xiaoning, 8, looks out from their "home", which is a hollowed-out hole in a wall

Xiaoning, 8, plays in a building with painted words that read: "This building is dangerous," in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. Xiaoning's parents are divorced and his mother left home several years ago.

Three homeless boys look out from a hollowed-out section in a wall in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, in this photo taken on April 23. The three boys – one aged 8 and the others 17 – come from different families, but have been living together like siblings in this hole in a wall near the city's railway station for half a year. Their shelter is half a meter high and 2 meters wide.

Xiaoshuai, 17, looks out from a hollowed-out section in a wall in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, in this photo taken on April 23. He said his mother left home when he was 4, and his father left him 6 years later. He has lived in the 2-meter-wide shelter – with two other boys - for half a year.

This photo taken on April 23 shows Xiaolai, 17, jumping from his "home", a 2-meter-wide, hollowed-out section in a wall in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province.

This photo taken on April 23 shows Xiaoshuai, 17, jumping up to his shelter, a 2-meter-wide, hollowed-out section in a wall near the railway station in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. He has been living with two other homeless boys in this hole for half a year.

Three homeless boys play in the street in front of a poster advertising beds in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. Xiaoning (center), 8, is the youngest of the three boys, who have been living together like siblings in a hollowed-out section in a wall near the city's railway station for half a year. Their shelter is half a meter high and 2 meters wide


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