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URUMQI cheap nike air max lunar 90 , July 17 (Xinhua) — In an oasis amid the Gobi desert the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius at noon, but farmer Yan Chongxiang refuses to rest.
Working in the scorching sun, he is busy gathering Hami melons from their vines before carefully packing them in boxes. The melons, ripe and freshly picked from remote fields in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, will be delivered across the country that day.
Harvesting Hami melons is tiring work, but well-paid as the juicy fruit sells well in summer.
Hami melons, a Xinjiang speciality cheap nike air max 90 utility , are extensively planted in the region. Hami city, home of the melons, plants 4,200 hectares of the melons, with the annual output reaching 378 million yuan (about 56 million U.S. dollars).
Extensive farming in scarcely populated Xinjiang requires abundant labor, and every year farmers like Yan, from all over China cheap nike air max 90 KJCRD ICE QS , are drawn to Xinjiang for work.
They call themselves Gua Ke, or migrant melon farmers.
There are more than 1,000 Gua Ke in one single township in Hami, where their camps cluster beside the melon fields in farming season.
Yan, 27, from a village in Yunnan Province, southwest China cheap nike air max 90 Zoom IT , about 1,900 km from Xinjiang, has been migrating to plant melons for six years.
“We are too poor at home. My whole family lives on farming on one mu (666 square meters) of field,” he said. “My friend told me I can make good money by growing melons in Hami. So here I am. Now my family can make ends meet.”
Yan travels to Xinjiang with 30 villagers, mostly couples.
After spending Chinese lunar new year at home, the migrant farmers bid farewell to their families and set out from the village. They take a bus to the nearest city, where they board a train to Chengdu city in Sichuan Province cheap nike air max 90 ultra essential 2.0 , and then transfer to a train to Xinjiang.
The journey takes more than three days, but no matter how far, the trip is worthwhile as long as they can make money, they say.
In harvest season, they wake up in the camps at 5:00 am. Each carrying a bottle of water and a shoulder pole, they board a tractor and go deep into the fields.
Before dawn the temperature is below 15 degrees Celsius, but Yan does not feel cold and wastes no time cheap nike air max 90 master , working before it gets too hot.
The temperature climbs rapidly as the sun comes out. Sweat pours from Yan’s face as he picks melons and carries a load of about 50 kg on his shoulder.
Hami is not even the hottest city in Xinjiang. In Turpan, the temperature goes so high that farmers have to work at night wearing headlamps.
Yan does not rest until 10:00 pm, and can pick and pack about 700 melons in a day.
A farmer earns 20,000 to 30,000 yuan (about 2,952 to 4,428 U.S. dollars) in a season.
“When there is hardship there is hope cheap nike air max 90 pinnacle , just like the oasis in the desert,” Yan said. He hopes to make more money to build a new house and send his children to a better school.
“Xinjiang is a wonderful place. As you sow, so shall you reap,” he said.
The arrival of the migrants is welcomed by local farmers.
“Hami melons would not be sold across the country but for these diligent workers,” said Basit Yarze, a Hami farmer.
Basit said that when he was child Hami melons were delivered by mule carts and sold only in Hami city. Later the extensive plantation brought more money and more migrant farmers.
“Without these farmers, we can’t grow and pick so many melons cheap nike air max 90 ultra 2.0 flyknit ,” Basit said.
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HOUSTON, July 23 (Xinhua) — At least nine undocumented immigrants died after being trapped inside a tractor-trailer at a Walmart parking lot in the southern Texas city of San Antonio, officials confirmed Sunday afternoon.
“We’re looking at a human trafficking crime here,” San Antonio police chief William McManus said. “Checking the video from the store, we found there were a number of vehicles that came in and picked up a lot of folks that were in that trailer that survived the trip.”
The crime came to light when a man in the truck asked a Walmart employee for water. The employee brought water for the man and called the police.
Police were then called to the parking lot and found eight dead and 31 injured inside the trailer. A ninth victim died in the hospital and several people are still in critical condition at local hospitals.
San Antonio fire chief Charles Hood said the people were in the trailer without any type of liquid.
In the midsummer heat of Texas, where a temperature of 38 degrees centigrade scorched San Antonio on Saturday cheap nike air max 90 ultra se , the trailer did not have a working air conditioning system, said Hood.
“Unfortunately, some of them were severely overheated, and that was a refrigerated truck with no refrigeration,” he said.
Police did not know the victims’ country of origin, destination, or ages of the deceased or injured.
These kinds of horrific tragedies are occurring with shocking frequency in San Antonio cheap nike air max 90 woven , which has become a center of human smuggling and trafficking.
“Fortunately there are people who survived, but this happens all the time,” McManus said.
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