To herd yaks or attend school?'

Updated: 2014-04-18 09:23

By Erik Nilsson (

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To herd yaks or attend school?'
Qiunang, 33, smokes inside government-provided housing in Yege township in July 2011. The family is in debt but he and his wife don't understand this — both were born with mental disabilities that make it impossible for them to count. They're grateful their 10-year-old daughter Suojankazhu is not disabled. Since Qiunang is also physically disabled, his 31-year-old wife Kyitso (far right) is the only family member who can work. She collects dung used for cooking and heating on the frosty plateau in Qinghai province's Yushu prefecture. [Photo by Erik Nilsson/]  
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