Artículos de Agosto 2013

New bridge in Lebak, Indonesia.

Viernes, 2 Agosto 2013

A group of Indonesian school children captured the world’s attention  when they were photographed shimmying across a collapsed bridge over a dangerous river to get to school.

Students hold on to the steel bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak regency, in Indonesia’s Banten Province.  Flooding from the Ciberang river below broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001, leaving it crippled. The kids said they had no choice; the next closest bridge was 30 minutes away. 

If your kids ever complain about taking the bus to school, show them photos of these brave tykes. 

Now, nearly a year later, the bridge has finally been replaced. The new bridge means children in Indonesia no longer have to risk their lives to get to school.

Epi Sopian, the head of Sanghiang Tanjung village, where the children’s school is located, said some NGOs and Indonesia’s largest steel producer, PT Krakatau Steel, teamed up to build the new bridge.