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Friday, January 20, 2012

PERILOUS CROSSING: Students, Some As Young As Five Hold On To Simple ‘Wood-And-Wire Bridge’ As They Cross A River To Get To School In Indonesia


Children face Indiana Jones-style River crossing EVERY day after floods cut off their community. It is the daily commute to and from work and school for of adults and children in Lebak, Indonesia.
Life imitating art: Student Sofiah, above left, says she would rather risk the bridge than walk an hour and a half to the next river crossing. Above right: A scene from Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Clinging for dear life on a disintegrating wood-and-wire suspension bridge, children as young as five take their lives into their hands forwarding the Ciberang River every day.
The river crossing become precarious and potentially fatal last week after the suspension bridge was almost washed away by flooding. A pillar supporting one side of the crossing collapsed, leaving the wooden planks that acted as a path tilted to one side. 
Only one side of the suspension bridge remained intact, meaning commuters have had to carefully pick their way over the bouncing structure.

Sofiah, a student who traverses the bridge each day, explained that the nearest other crossing was half an hour’s walk away.



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