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A former farmer scavenges after his village is bulldozed in China

Li Rui, 60, scavenges for building materials in his former village -- now bulldozed into a giant construction site in northeastern China.

Li was a farmer until three years ago, when the local government announced it would raze down his village and turn farmland into an urban development zone.

Li said he and other villagers were involuntarily moved to another village. This year Li expects to be resettled into one of the high-rises behind the row of commercial residential buildings in the back of this picture, where former villagers are being relocated en masse.

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Li Rui, 60, scavenges for building materials in his former village -- now bulldozed into a giant construction site in northeastern China.<br />
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Li was a farmer until three years ago, when the local government announced it would raze down his village and turn farmland into an urban development zone. <br />
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Li said he and other villagers were involuntarily moved to another village. This year Li expects to be resettled into one of the high-rises behind the row of commercial residential buildings in the back of this picture, where former villagers are being relocated en masse.