A group of children in China are facing dangerous journeys between their homes and school because their village is so cut off from the outside world.
Heart-breaking pictures have emerged showing these pupils, the youngest of whom are aged just six, must climb unsecured vine ladders on the side of a steep rock face to go home from school.
The schoolchildren live in a so-called ‘cliff village’, which is situated on the top of a 2,624-foot-tall peak in south-west China, and their school is at the foot of the mountain.
The perilous journey takes two hours and they are supervised by parents who use ropes to ensure their safety .
An official of Shaojue County said the trip could be extremely dangerous and it had killed around eight residents. Due to the treacherous commute, some children from the village can’t receive education after they reach school age.