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Life is heavy and a big burden, but she carried on everyday in similar fashion.

This lady was no more than a child's height, but she could probably be a grandmother at her age.

She was seen here taking a brief rest, sitting down and letting her 25kg payload on the ground. Behind her is a well-built young man standing at ease, probably her son? (I did not ask personal question).

The curved bridge can only take one-way walker and, most important, one at a time to cross. So she was waiting for her turn.

In posting this photo, the world will realise that some folks live far beyond our imagination can perceive, and only this photo can bring such visualisation. And, I always prefer, a Note to help out.

For these villagers, trekking 5 km per way out of the village located deep within the jungle and only a earth trail/path to let them reach the outside world. Each way takes 3-4 hours walk, depending on village distance.

Some villages are further and take 5 hours each way to reach.

For them, our 'normal' living style is completely different. What you see they carry on the backs, will be daily basic necessity items, which may last 1-2 weeks? Meaning the trip will repeat again once the items are depleted.

Such a heavy life!

Regards
Bill

Data - 1/125s, f/4.8, ISO100, 155mm

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