A bridge too far

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Vietnam is planning mega projects worth billions of dollars, but we seem to forget about small ones that are a matter of life and death for many residents.

A small bridge crossing the Po Ko River in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum is not a priority, so over 60 residents of Dak Ang Commune are left in the lurch.

They have no choice but to go to school, workplace and markets by sliding across a 150-meter-long cable with a pulley that each individual carries.

This happens at a height of 20 meters over fast flowing waters of the river, making it equivalent to a feat typically performed by acrobats in circuses. That the residents of the two communes have been using this dangerous cable system for eight months after a chain bridge was swept away by floods is a sad commentary on the state of affairs.

Local children, including primary school pupils, have no other way to get to school but to use the cable and pulley system.

Isn't it time for us to concentrate more on building a bridge to protect the lives of several dozen people, including children who persist in going to school despite the obvious dangers?

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