A Chinese Farmer Who Quit School In 3rd Grade Spent 16 years Teaching Himself Law To Sue A Chemical Company For Polluting His Village

​Wang Enlin
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Wang Enlin, who had just three years of education, has won the first instance in a high-profile case against state-owned Qihua Group.

The elderly man said he is determined to seek justice for himself and his neighbours who could no longer grow healthy crops on their contaminated land.

Mr Wang, who is in his 60’s, lives in the Yushutun village on the outskirts of Qiqihar in the Heilongjiang Province. 

The man said he would forever remember the year of 2001 when his land was flooded by the toxic waste discharged by Qihua Group.

It was the eve of the Lunar New Year, and Mr Wang was playing cards and making dumplings with his neighbours. All of a sudden, they realised that the house they were in was flooded by the wastewater from the nearby Qihua factory.

The wastewater also flooded part of the farmland in the village. According to the report, a government document from 2001 claimed that the affected farmland ‘can not be used for a long time’ due to the pollution. 

Between 2001 to 2016, it has been suggested that Qihua continued to dump hazardous waste into the village, whose residents rely upon agriculture for a living. 

The company produced polyvinyl chloride and released 15,000 to 20,000 tons of chemical waste every year, the report said. 

Qihua has also reportedly created 71-acre wasteland with calcium carbide residue and a 478-acre pond with its liquid waste. As a result, Mr Wang decided to study law by himself, an endeavour he would carry on pursuing for the next 16 years. 

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