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Thứ Tư, 18 tháng 5, 2011

A bridge too far for ethnic minority village?

A 20-year-old suspension bridge hangs tottering like a fragile net over a river in the central province of Khanh Hoa, but for the ethnic minority people living in a nearby hamlet, it is the only link to the outside world.
The bridge spanning the Cho River is made of tree stems and steel cables, but residents of Ba Cang hamlet in Khanh Hiep Commune have to use it to go to the other side to earn a living.
They often have to replace rotten stems with new ones.
“I’m extremely worried when I see people crossing the bridge under these dangerous circumstances,” says Cao Minh Tuan, deputy chairman of Khanh Hiep.
“We want a safer bridge but cannot afford it.
“Many accidents have happened but local people have to put up with it because there is no other way to reach the other side.”
Ba Cang is home to 194 Raglai, Ede, Tay, Nung, and T’rin families.

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