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World’s Most Dangerous School Runs

October 22, 2019

Here are 9 of the world’s most dangerous school
runs. You won’t believe how these kids survive on
their daily destinations! Number 9: The Plank Walk, Sri Lanka
Galle Fort is a sixteenth Century stronghold built by the Portuguese and later strengthened
by the Dutch. Today it is nothing more than a historical
monument, and its high walls are a means of travel for local school girls. Every morning, girls in white uniforms are
seen dangerously walking across a narrow plank that bridges the walls of Galle Fort just
to get to school. The sight is proof of the country’s severe
lack of quality infrastructure and unequal access to education. Sri Lanka has long been devastated by civil
war and natural disasters like the 2004 tsunami. The literacy gap is high, and youngsters would
cross any dangers for a proper education in order to escape the hard life. Number 8: The Overcrowded Horse Cart, Delhi,
India India is an overpopulated nation with over
1.2 billion citizens. Second only to China in its number of people,
the South Asian nation’s population is still growing. Projections from the UN estimate that India
would overtake China to become the most populous country in the world before 2030. Delhi, India’s capital territory has a population
of around 13 million people. People living in the large metropolitan area
commute in extremely crowded circumstances, with trains and buses filled to the brim,
including its roofs. The traffic is a nightmare, and most drivers
couldn’t care less about traffic lights. A widely circulated photo of Indian schoolchildren
in Delhi riding a horse cart shows how crowded things could get. At least 30 children are seen tightly packed
in a small cart pulled by a single horse. A ride such as this is definitely unsafe,
as the overloaded cart could break and the children could fall off anytime. Number 7: The Zip Line, Colombia
For a few people living in a small village 40 miles southeast of Colombia’s capital Bogota,
a set of steel cables 1300 feet above the ground is the only thing connecting them to
the outside world. Every morning kids and farmers would have
to attach themselves to the cable’s old and rusted pully system, and throw themselves
over an abyss. The journey brings them plummeting at a speed
of 40 miles per hour over the roaring Rio Negro river, before arriving at the opposite
side of the valley half a mile away. Two centuries ago, German explorer Alexander
von Humboldt was the first European to observe and describe the unique way of travel. Back then, they were made of hemp. But with the advent of modern technology and
the clearing of trees, the system has somewhat improved to using steel cables. Kids use the dangerous transport system to
get to school, while farmers use them to carry goods to and from the nearest town. Kids who are too small to safely ride across
on their own would be placed in a jute bag, with another older kid travelling together
to control the speed with a wooden fork. Parents teach their children to ride the zip
line at an early age, as their future well-beings depend on it. Accidents do happen from time to time. Bones are broken upon impact when the villagers
fail to slow down. The cables have also been sabotaged by the
military and armed rebel guerrillas hiding in Colombia’s jungles. When rain falls down, the wires get too slippery,
making the journey across impossible. Number 6: The Wire Bridge, Dhaing Village,
Nepal In order to get a proper education, the children
of Nepal’s Dhaing Village have to risk their lives each day by crossing a hazardous wire
bridge over Trishuli River. The crossing is the only lifeline for the
villagers, as they need to reach the other side of the treacherous river to reach their
work place, buy goods, and meet friends and relatives. The Benighat district of Nepal houses many
such cable ropeways and wire bridges strung across Trishuli River. Villagers are required to cross directly without
aid, or sit in a basic loop of fabric or a small slated wooden case and slowly operate
the wobbly wire by hand. The country’s low income and rough terrain
results in poor infrastructure in such villages, as building bridges and roads is both expensive
and challenging. Accidents happen often, and many people have
lost fingers crossing the cables. In 2010, a cable snapped causing five crossers
to fall to their deaths into the roaring river below. In early 2016, the Nepali Prime Minister announced
plans for suspension bridges to be built in the area to replace the hazardous cable crossings. Only one bridge has been built so far, and
many locals still prefer to take the shorter but perilous wire crossings. Number 5: The Damaged Suspension Bridges of
Lebak & Padang, Indonesia In Indonesia’s Lebak district, crossing a
suspension bridge is the only means for children to get to school. While that may not sound bad, note that the
bridge is severely damaged. A pillar on one side has collapsed completely,
and what’s left of the bridge’s planks dangles dangerously. At a glance, it looks more like a scene from
an Indiana Jones movie. This however, did not stop locals from using
it. The hazardous remains of the suspension bridge
continued to serve as a means of daily commute for school children and working adults. When the area floods, the bouncing structure
comes close to being swept away by the currents, and crossing it is potentially fatal. Villagers mention that parts of the wooden
structure disappears from time to time, proving its instability. The other nearest crossing is half an hour’s
walk away, and many would rather cross the risky bridge than wasting time. Luckily for them, Indonesia’s largest steel
producer took pity after seeing their widely circulated photos, and helped build a much
safer bridge. Similarly, Indonesian children in Batu Busuk
Village, Padang, have to tightrope walk 30 feet above a river to get to school. The hanging ropes are the remains of a damaged
suspension bridge that collapsed from heavy rain, and the local children have been forced
to do the balancing act ever since. They would then have to proceed to walk another
7 miles through a thick forest to reach their classes on time. Number 4: The Mountain Hike in Gulu Village,
China Gulu is an isolated village located in the
deep canyons of a national geopark in China’s Sichuan Province. Very few outsiders know about the place due
to its remoteness, and the steep cliffs that hang around it. For the local children looking for an education,
there is only one school available for them. But the school is unlike any other in China,
or on the planet, as it is located halfway up a cliff, hidden in the clouds. The children of Gulu village have to go through
a treacherous trek uphill for 5 hours just to reach it. The climb involves many twists, turns, and
bends, including walking along a narrow path that’s barely one foot wide while clinging
along a vertical wall. A slight mistake here would definitely mean
death. Despite the intense eagerness of the children
to learn, most of them lack the means to reach a higher education. For the past two decades, only two former
students have gone to university. Volunteers have helped renovate the school
and provide the students with uniforms, and learning continues for the children of Gulu
despite its difficulties. Number 3: Tire Rafting, the Rizal Province,
Philippines Several children in a rural village in the
Rizal province of Philippines have adopted an unusual way of crossing a river to get
to school. They have no bridge to cross, or any boats
and rafts to use, and a regular hike would have them waste over an hour each day on walking. Their solution is to use an inflated tire
tube to get across the river. Still, the journey is not easy, and the students
would have to use their hands and feet to paddle themselves across. Staying completely dry is almost impossible,
and the kids usually arrive at class soaking wet. The currents are sometimes unstable, and dangerously
rapid. When the river rises from bad weather, some
must stay home, or if they’re already at the other side, stay at a friend’s or relative’s
before going home. Villagers have been petitioning the local
government to at least get a hanging bridge built to make the cross faster and safer for
the children. Poor educational access is still a problem
in many of the country’s rural areas, although school enrollment remains relatively high. Number 2: Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village,
China Deep in the Badagong Mountains of China’s
Hunan Province lies the remote village of Zhang Jiawan. Located high in the mountains, the small village
of around 100 residents is almost completely cut off from the outside world, and is surrounded
by sheer drops on all sides. The only safe way out of the place is a four
hour long trek, something that the children have no time for if they want to arrive at
school on time. Thus, their only option is a series of rickety
looking ladders all the way down to the valley below, where their school is located. Parents have no choice but to allow their
kids to undergo the demanding daily descent. So when youngsters reach the age of five,
the first thing their parents do is teach them how to safely clamber down the ladders
while balancing their school bags. Members of the community have made pleas for
a safe road to be built to provide the pupils with a safer means of travel. However, government officials have ignored
the demands as they consider the costly expenses as too high for such a small community. A local official reportedly joked that buying
a helicopter for each villager would be cheaper. Number 1: The Snowy Mountainous Trek in the
Indian Himalayas High in the Himalayas, lies Zanskar, a region
where people live remotely in small scattered villages. The communities have developed their own system
of arable agriculture and livestock, and live rather self-sufficiently. But for the young ones seeking an education,
they must go out on a long and daunting journey to a boarding school that would take days
to reach. Every time the holiday seasons are over, the
trip must be taken. A father would have to guide his children
through cold temperatures and make their way by foot along the one hundred kilometer journey. The path they take involves crossing a frozen
river that may or may not be strong enough to hold their weights. If it gets too sunny, the river could melt,
and the travelers must be aware of occasional avalanches. If something goes wrong, the Zanskaris are
on their own until the weather could get clear enough for the Indian military to possibly
send a rescue helicopter. Even then, the travelers would have usually
remained stuck for days.

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  1. These kids will risk life and limb to go to a school for a good education while most of our kids in America will throw temper tantrums if we hurt their fragile little butterfly feelings.

  2. I need to cross over a wooden bridge that overlooks a large river and I thought that was dangerous I guess it's not that bad after l

  3. Thank you so much for your video's… I live in Germany and very very ofzen have problems with understanding someone speaking US English very quickly but I like how you are speaking.. no problems at all to follow.. take care.. Greetings from Germany 🙂

  4. they will kill you makes everything sound scary when he talked about traffic in india instant ice in my veins

  5. Americans: ugh the traffic in the morning is crazy

    Everyone else: Bitch, I'm crossing shark infested rivers to get to school.

  6. Y'all quit complaining about school. You think you have it hard? Look at what these kids have to go through to even GET an education

  7. In America we need to make a school where you must walk ten miles down a rickety ladder into a cave, climb back up ten miles of rickety ladders ten miles through the cave, escape bears and other predators for another ten miles to reach school

  8. I couldn't imagine crossing a damaged bridge hanging to one side over a river. That's absolutely crazy. I'd rather find an alternate route no matter how long it took. You would be better off making a raft and making it to the other side.

  9. If students in schools such as those in the U.S. complain about walking for a few minutes, they ought to try this. Kids in developed countries should appreciate their available education more. Kids in North Korea also has it tough when getting an education too! (Though not for the same reason)

  10. lol the parents have 12 children anyway, like they get many so that if a few die they still have a bunch to take care of them when they get old, and get grand kids

  11. Please,

    I had to wrestle and kill 3 bears, swim through alligator infested waters, hike a 1000 foot rocky cliff barefoot, be chased by a pack of angry honey badgers, climb and then wingsuit base-jump and fly down a slope with jagged rocks, parachute land into a snake infested swamp, traverse a high wire with no safety rope 200 feet up, skate across a partially frozen lake, pilot a WWI rickety bi-plane, and then crash land it right at the school front lawn just to get to school on time…….and then do it again to get home!…… You kids have it easy.

  12. why build a school on top of a fucking mountain in the center of the jungle of no return? Why not just have school in town?

  13. And in the U.K., mummies and daddies drive their cupcakes 5 minutes down the road to get to school. You should do a video on the most dangerous school run drivers ever! They're a nightmare!!!

  14. someone should start a gofundme to raise money to send fucking condoms to India and China. lol.. America needs abstinence? horseshit. those countries need it. lol.

  15. New #1 Dangerous School Run: Navigating the first four minutes of this video so I can reach the educational infomerical by Karlie Kloss enlightening me on how to build my own webpage with Wix.

    Which is of course the entire reason that I clicked on a They Will Kill You video in the first effing place.

  16. "Buying a helicopter for each villager would be cheaper"
    …so just buy one? Pay a pilot to fly it, have it serve like a school bus up the mountain? It's not that difficult.

  17. Wow… this makes me appreciate school a little more.

    Even if it's all about liberal indoctrination and teaches you about useless crap.

  18. If the world goes to shit, these children will come out on top. This is basically survival training on steroids…

  19. 5:09 Since driving on walls and upside down is a thing in that game, anyone else think that would make a good Mario Kart 8(Deluxe) track? I sure do.

  20. Nice and revealing though extended versions of this facts are already out there in various research platforms and documentaries..The editing and narration did not tally well at 3:07 –3:12 in Columbia and 3:34–3:40 Nepal where African kids are shown instead of the real country music and [email protected]

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