No, they are not in training for I & # 39; m A Celebrity … they just go to school
- Children balance on a high wire 30 feet above a flowing river to go to school
- A bridge was destroyed by heavy rain more than two years ago
- The students then have to walk another seven miles through the forest to get there
If you thought getting children to school was a big job, make a thought for the parents of these children who have to sit on a high wire, 30 feet above a flowing river to get to their class on time.
These determined Sumtra students then walk another seven miles through dense forest to their school in Padang.
Instead of skipping school every day, 20 strong-willed students from the village of Batu Busuk on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia must cross the local river like daredevils, since the suspension bridge collapsed in heavy rain over two years ago.
Daring route: children use high wires to cross the river, 30 feet lower, to go to school in Padang, Indonesia
Heavy rainfall: during the wet season, some children decide not to make the crossing for fear of falling into the flowing river
Local photographer Igoy Fitra Yogi, 31, described how the brave children were confronted with injury and possibly drowning so they could go to school.
He said: & # 39; These children must fight to continue steel wire across the river to go to school.
& # 39; They keep their balance by slowly walking on the wire while swinging their arms.
Once across the river, the children have to walk seven miles to reach their school
School days: these students start the day with a different kind of test, just try to go to school in Sumatra
High thread: a young boy is determined to get to school on time while balancing 30 feet above the moving river
Risky route: the children risk a fall of 30 feet as they cross the river every morning for school in Pandang
& # 39; The river is very fast, some children are scared to fall into it and their uniforms get wet by the river.
& # 39; When it rains, many children decide not to go to school for fear of being swept away.
& # 39; Sometimes many parents accompany their children over the wire, so that they are sure that they will come across safely. & # 39;
People are forced to cross the river due to the lack of access to the road to the village.
Indonesia is hit by natural disasters every year. In July, flash floods hit West Sumatra, killing eight people and leaving more than 250 homeless people behind. The worst affected areas were Batu Busuk and Padang.
In September Padang suffered flooding after hours of heavy rainfall, killing four people and leaving dozens without houses.
The children are forced to balance after heavy rainfall has destroyed a local bridge
Trepidation: Three schoolgirls wait to cross the river on the high wire after heavy rain destroyed the bridge more than two years ago
In the shallow water: these two schoolgirls help each other in the shallows of the river on their way to school
The school is running: a man carries his daughter through the water to take her to school because there is no access road to the village
To get to the other side: a schoolgirl walks through the flowing river while she goes to school from Batu Busuk