Dong girls in festival dress


Girls from the Dong minority of Congjiang County, Guizhou province in southwestern China. An estimated 106 million ethnic minorities account for less than 10% of China’s population but more than 50% of its poor. Although a popular tourist destination for its unique customs and festivals, Conjiang is one of the most disadvantaged areas of China.

The MDG-Fund and the Chinese government are working with ethnic groups to help them use their culture and identity as a foundation for their own economic development, and to develop national policies that favor minorities.

Photo by UNESCO

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