Migration

MIGRATION DUE TO DESERTIFICATION IN CHINA

Source: Le Monde – Click on the link to see all the photos.

Photograph: GILLES SABRIE

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Hongyashan tank, vital water source for the oasis of Minqin. Hundreds of thousands of trees are planted around the oasis to limit the progress of the desert.

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In Badain Jaran desert – Trees have been planted to limit the desert to progress.

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A well is dug by the inhabitants of a town in Minqin. To protect water resources, it is now forbidden to dig new wells in the oasis. The inhabitants of this town have received special permission.

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Agricultural workers engaged in the maintenance of a green barrier (tree planting) protecting grape fields, on the outskirts of the oasis of Minqin

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Residential complex under construction beside the dry bed of the river Yangjiaba, in Wuwei, April 1st. The urbanization of the area depletes its aquifer resources and contributes to the desertification.

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Zheng Julian, a farmer of 65, experienced the forced relocation with pain. Moved because of desertification, she complains about the fragility of the houses built and the poor quality of the land. “When I had to leave, I cried so much that I thought I would become blind,” recalls the lady, whose last wish is to be buried in her former village, swallowed by the desert or not .