Journey to school, Indonesia

Images from two humbling Reuters Photography dispatches.

risking their lives to get to school - bridge

Reza said he collected the bamboo raft because he is the best swimmer in the group. “Do you have alternate ways to cross the river?” I asked. “Yes, I have…” Reza said pointing to the broken suspension bridge. “Or we must use another bridge three kilometres away which we would need ojeg (motorcycles taxi) to get to. We must pay the ojeg 14,000 rupiah ($1.20 USD) a day for one person. For that amount we can buy one kilogram of rice for food.” Reza said. If the river floods, they can’t get to school. Some younger students sometimes choose not to go to school rather than crossing when the river level is too high.

Students cross the Ciherang river on a bamboo raft while on their way home from school in Cilangkap village

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