Chinese girl, 13, tied to a moped as her family cannot afford medical treatment for her epilepsy

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19:29 GMT, 24 September 2012

Tied to a moped, this 13-year-old girl is forced to trudge after her grandfather as he gathers rubbish to recycle on the streets of China.

Jiang Manqi's family cannot afford to seek medical help to treat the teenager's epilepsy, so she is tied to a moped so her relative can look after her.

Abandoned by her parents, denied access to schools and too poor to receive care, this is the only option Manqi has.

This 13-year-old girl's story tells the harrowing truth about child disability care in China for those who cannot afford medical treatment

This 13-year-old girl's story tells the harrowing truth about child disability care in China for those who cannot afford medical treatment

Jiang Manqi - who suffers from epilepsy - has to accompany her 60-year-old grandfather every day in Fuzhou, Fujian province, where he scrapes a living recycling rubbish

Jiang Manqi – who suffers from epilepsy – has to accompany her 60-year-old grandfather every day in Fuzhou, Fujian province, where he scrapes a living recycling rubbish

She accompanies her 60-year-old grandfather every day in Fuzhou, Fujian province, where he scrapes a living recycling rubbish.

Schools have refused to take her, and Manqi's family are too poor to be able to afford proper medical care.

The only way grandfather Jiang Shulin has to keep her close to him is to tie her to his electric trike.

In a bid to make her more comfortable and lessen her humiliation, he has constructed a specially adapted payload area at the back where she can sleep.

Forced to sleep in the back of a bike: The little girl has no other option but to sleep while her grandfather collects rubbish

Forced to sleep in the back of a bike: The little girl has no other option but to sleep while her grandfather collects rubbish

The only family she has: Her grandfather picks up rubbish to try and create a better life for his disabled granddaughter

The only family she has: Her grandfather picks up rubbish to try and create a better life for his disabled granddaughter

Jiang Manqi's grandfather and ties his granddaughter to a rope to keep her from wandering about or falling into the traffic

Jiang Manqi's grandfather and ties his granddaughter to a rope to keep her from wandering about or falling into the traffic

He said he had not other option but to make her do this for her own safety: 'It breaks my heart but what else can I do Her parents have abandoned her and I am all the family she has,' he told CEN.

'She is better when she can get some medicine from the hospital but I can't afford that so we have to get by the best we can.

'The rope keeps her from wandering about or falling into the traffic. It's all I can afford,' he added.

In 2010 pictures revealed how migrant workers were forced to leave their children tethered to window bars – with only a rope as a means of keeping them safe.

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The parents of these youngsters work in the factory while their children are tied to a workshop window to keep them safe

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The youngsters stretch the rubber cords and meet where they can play together. The cords are tied to the iron bars above them

Unable to afford even the most
rudimentary child care, the parents have to bring their youngsters to
work with them in a factory in Jiaxing in the south east of the country
where the parents toil for ten hours a day.

The
youngsters are taken to the shop floor, where anxious parents use
lengths of rubber to tie the children to iron bars on the windows.

And there they are left – safe from traffickers or thieves, but with absolutely nothing to do other than watch mother or father work and shuffle as far as the rubber rope allows them.

Chained: Two-year-old Chen Chuanliu is regularly padlocked to a tree while his rickshaw driver father touts for customers in Beijing

Chained: Two-year-old Chen Chuanliu was padlocked to a tree while his rickshaw driver father touts
for customers in Beijing. After the picture was published a nursery boss offered the boy free childcare

The pictures, taken in Zhejiang
province, recalled the heart-breaking plight of Jingdan, a two-year-old
boy chained to a lamp post in Beijing in February 2010.

His
father Chen Chuanliu works as an unlicensed rickshaw cyclist, taking
fares all over the city, while the boy's disabled mother collects
rubbish at the roadside. Like the children in the factory he was
tethered to prevent him from wandering off.

Concerned
passers-by spotted Jingdan outside a shopping mall who then reported
his father to the authorities, who ordered him to remove the chain.