Home is where the cave is

Home is where the cave is

The 52-year-old woman has been living in a cave in China for the past three years.

The reason: Her family has fallen on hard times and can no longer support her, People's Daily reported.

Madam Du Meiying has been surviving mainly on rainwater, rice and cabbages in a damp cave in the outskirts of Yichang city, in the central Chinese province of Hubei.

She lives among a pile of rubbish and uses a blanket, which has definitely seen better days, to keep her warm, Mail Online reported.

Among Madam Du's other possessions are a wind-up torch and a bucket for collecting rainwater.

During the freezing winters, she wears two pairs of second-hand trousers and two donated coats, but her only pair of shoes has fallen apart.

She sleeps on bamboo that she has collected and an abandoned wooden crate is her table.

ROW

Madam Du was given a room in a council house, but she moved out when she had a row with her elderly neighbours.

She has been living in the cave ever since, the report said.

She collects the rainwater that seeps through the cave to drink, cook and clean with, and she grows cabbages in the land outside with seeds donated by a local farmer.

She is surviving on a state handout of 100 yen (S$20) a month and the generosity of kind-hearted villagers nearby.

They make trips to the cave every month and give her rice and supplies.

But Madam Du admits that living rough is taking a toll on her health and that she dreams of living in a normal room.

"I don't know what the future holds for me," she was quoted as saying.

"I don't have anywhere to go, so I will stay here where I at least have a roof over my head."


This article was first published on Apr 10, 2015.
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