A misleading photograph of a vine bridge said to be in Sri Lanka


A photo of a vine bridge that looks like in Sri Lanka is circulating on social media with a caption reading, “A footpath, what if you miss a step?”

Source – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3054702228123929&id=100007525444799&sfnsn=mo

Our technical inspection to verify the truth of the photograph revealed that the bridge in the photograph is a bridge in Banton, Indonesia.

Source – https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/brave-kids-indonesia-walk-damaged-bridge-river-school-article-1.1009218


An article was published on the New York Daily News website on 20th January 2012 with the above photo stating that,

“A photograph of students crossing a damaged suspension bridge to reach school on the other side of a river in Banton, Indonesia”


Source –

NewsLinQ – https://www.newslinq.com/traveling-school/

AMUSINGPLANET – https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/03/kids-risking-their-lives-to-reach-school.html

Therefore, this photo which is circulating on social media is not a bridge in Sri Lanka but a vine bridge located in the Bantel province of Indonesia and the photograph is shot in 2012.



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