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Children Daily Risking Their Lives for an Education

Thursday 03.28.2013 , Posted by
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Next time you decide to complain about taking the bus to school, you might want to think again. In various parts of the world, some children go to extreme lengths to get to class. Stories about children walking long miles to get to school is already well documented, but did you ever hear about children risking their lives on they way? These images show a dangerous yet unfortunately necessary way that some kids get to class.

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In Sumatra, Indonesia, there used to be a reliable bridge that everyone could cross over the river (below). But since the bridge collapsed two years ago, everyone is forced to basically tightrope across the 30 ft pass. This bridge – including a 7 mile walk – is the daily trek for these Indonesian children. Due to heavy storms and floods there are other bridges such as this scattered around the country.

In the photos below we see narrow aqueducts dangerously crossed by children. They walk or bike on the small plank board as opposed to walking an additional 3 miles. Some kids cross rivers on inter tubes, not simply risking getting their books wet. There are high passes on cliffs in China and zip lining 400 meters above the ground in Colombia. Education is clearly important in these areas, and worth the risk to these kids and their parents; but with some help from local governments and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), there may soon be easier ways to get to school.

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via amusingplanet

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Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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  1. Is there any way or any place we can send money to help these kids? I would love to donate some money to help make their trip just a little easier.

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