China's Poor Farmers

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Farmer Zhou Zhencai, 63, poses with a symbolic brick, as he is complaining about a brick factory that is encroaching on farmland in his neighboring home village of Yongan, on February 27, 2006. Despite legitimate fear of retaliation, once they knew reporters were in Yongfu, farmers from around came and talked to us about their problems with corrupt officials. We were sorry we couldn't do for them as much as they thought was in our power. Photo by Lucas Schifres/Pictobank