If your kids ever complain about taking the bus to school, show them photos of these brave children.
A group of children from a small village in western Indonesia no longer have to risk their lives to get to school now that the collapsed bridge they had been forced to shimmy across has been replaced.
The children captured worldwide attention in January after they were photographed scaling the damaged bridge, which spans the Ciberang River in Lebak, Batan Province, and had been crippled by recent floods, Reuters reported.
The kids said they had no choice; the next closest bridge was 30 minutes away.
Now, nearly a year later, the bridge has been fixed. Reuters photos published Thursday on NBCNews.com and other sites showed the children smiling as they made their way across the sturdy new structure.
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, NBCNews.com reported.