Schoolkids Risk Their Lives Crossing River By Zip-Line

CENPublished: April 4, 2018
Published: April 4, 2018

Schoolchildren and teachers from two small villages are risking their lives crossing a fast-moving river by zip-line so that they do not miss their lessons.

Residents from the villages of Cangari and Viru Viru in Peru’s southern Huanta Province cross the swollen Cachi River by placing two or three people inside a makeshift wooden cage which moves along a zip-line.

The improvised device called a ‘huaro’ was built by parents and villagers after the pedestrian bridge collapsed.

To get to the other side of the river so that the schoolchildren can attend classes in Huancavelica, parents are using a pulley-system to haul them over the dangerously rapid river.

As the transport system was improvised, some villagers are concerned that the river crossing is too dangerous.

Parents and teachers have called on local authorities to repair the pedestrian bridge so that families from Cangari and Viru Viru can cross safely.

One parent told local media: "We request in the name of our beloved children that they build a new bridge."

A teacher said: "It is very dangerous and there have already been one or two scary incidents."

School staff members also have to cross the river using the zip-line.

A teaching colleague added: "It is the first time that I have worked in a remote area like this, and I have to say that they need a lot of basic things."

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