A series of dramatic photos demo children putting their lives on the line by clambering a 2,625 -foot bamboo ladder to and from academy action embarassed officials in west China to propose a quick remedy on Friday: a list of stairs.
The 15 brats ages 6-15 climb up the cliffside ladder to return home from the boarding school every two weeks. It’s their only direction to get home.
The hardship faced by inhabitants in the village of Atuleer in Sichuan province underscores the immense spread in developing between China’s affluent, modern east and parts of the remote inland west that is still mired in privation. The 72 houses who live there are members of the Yi minority group and subsist principally by farming potatoes, walnuts and chili peppers.
A news release Friday from the Liangshan prefectural authority that administers the district spoke a solid define of steel stairs would be built as a stop-gap quantity as officials considered a longer-term solution.
It quoted local residents as said today in addition to the safety edition, the ladder-only access exposed villagers to exploitation because merchants knew they would be unable to carry unsold produce back up the cliff.
“The most important issue at hand is to solve the transport issue. That will allow us to make larger-scale plans about opening up the economy and go looking for the chance of tourism, ” county Communist Party Secretary General Jikejingsong was quoted as saying in the news release.
The stunning photos that appeared online earlier the coming week proved offsprings wearing colorful knapsacks clambering the 17 separate ladders accompanied by a pair of adults. The photos garnered even more attention after appearing on the front page of the English-language China Daily and other newspapers on Thursday.
A team of 50 officials from the Zhaojue county government’s transport, education and environmental protection departments traveled to the place on Wednesday to assess safer alternatives, the Global Times reported Friday. It said the district was considering constructing a superhighway to the hamlet, although the costs would be exorbitant for the purposes of the a good region.
China attracted virtually 700 million people out of privation following the implementation of economic reforms in the early 1980 s and replies less than 10 % of the population still suffered from extreme privation.
Most of China’s poorest people are from long-marginalized minority groups or are farmers and herders living in the mountainous southwest, where line connections, aerial runways, canoes and cliffside ladders continue crucial to accessing the outside world.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .