International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The little girl who danced across a bridge

On a recent visit to eastern Zimbabwe I was delighted to meet the girl who was pictured on our website dancing across a new footbridge built with help from the International Rescue Committee.  The photo became extremely popular among IRC supporters on Facebook. 

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to meet 11-year-old Annamore Chinyede and some of her friends at the very same bridge, which replaced an older span across the river that was too decrepit to use.  I was keen to find out more about this bubbly little girl. 

 “I have two sisters and three brothers. I am number three,” Annamore told me in very good English, counting on three fingers to show me her place in the family. 

Annamore’s favorite subjects in school are Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies and Science.  She also enjoys athletics and says that when she grows up she would like to be a nurse. 

I asked her why she had danced across the footbridge.  “I was very happy,” she explained. “Before, the bridge was dangerous. It has now changed for the better.” 
A small boy crosses the footbridge to go to school
Annamore and her classmates use the footbridge daily to go to school.  (Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi/IRC)
The children pose on the bridge
Some of the smaller children are a little frightened of the bridge, but it is much safer than the old one.  (Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi/IRC)

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