Children climb rattan ladder on a vertical cliff to get home from school

Atule’er village, a village in Sichuan Province that has a large Yi minority population, sits 1,400 meters high above sea level, which forces the villagers to face a dangerous journey between their homes and the outside world, since the only “road” they can take is made of rattan. There are 15 schoolchildren who go back home by the rattan ladder three times every month. The youngest one, only six years old, was carried by his father climbing on the cliff. The trip took about one hour.
According to the township head, seven or eight people have fallen to their death along the way. He added that the village used to have an electric elevator, but it cost too much money and the villagers couldn’t afford it.

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