Children In Vietnam Village Ferried Across River In Plastic Bags Just To Go To School

According to, villagers in Huoi Ha Village place children in giant plastic bags before swimming across the Nam Chim Stream.



During the dry season, children can cross the stream by a makeshift bamboo bridge, but during the rainy season, they usually have to cross the stream by raft or plastic bags.




Vang A Po, chairman of Na Sang Commune said: We have warned local residents of latent risks to travel through the stream by plastic bags, but the swift-flowing water can also sweep rafts away, so they have to choose this way. Earlier, a local person was injured in a capsized raft here.

According to Nguyen Minh Phu, chairman of Muong Cha District, crossing the stream by plastic bags is not common. They only use this method when the stream is high and unsafe to go by the bridge.




After crossing the river, they have to walk for 5 hours through a slippery terrain. Students usually stay in the school for the week, only returning on the weekend.