Saturday, December 22, 2018

8-year-old Indonesian boy's 'school crawl' becomes sensation

PHOTO: Mukhlis Abdul Holik walks using his hands while playing with his friends at Sekarwangi village, in Sukabumi, West Java province, on Dec 15, 2018.
PHOTO: AFP
Picture posted by The Straits Times on 21 December 2018 at 8:12 PM SGT

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SUKABUMI, INDONESIA - Indonesian third-grader Mukhlis Abdul Holik begins the long haul to school with a knapsack strapped to his back and hands stuffed into a pair of sandals - to guard against road burn.

It is no ordinary trip for the eight-year-old. He has severely deformed feet and legs so tiny that he only reaches up to his classmates' waists when standing.

With his mum in tow, the gap-toothed pupil crawls from his West Java village across rocky paths and an old wooden bridge that he navigates on his hands alone, as his sneakers dangle in the air.

Holik's heart-warming story has become a sensation across the country of 260 million, and earned him a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, after media covered his trip to school and back - a distance of nearly 6km.



With his mum in tow, the gap-toothed pupil crawls from his West Java village across rocky paths and an old wooden bridge that he navigates on his hands alone, as his sneakers dangle in the air.
PHOTO: With his mum in tow, the gap-toothed pupil crawls from his West Java village across rocky paths and an old wooden bridge that he navigates on his hands alone, as his sneakers dangle in the air.
Photo: AFP
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"The road is steep but he crawls every day," said Holik's mother Pipin, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

"If we've got money, then he can take a motorcycle taxi but if things are tight, he's got to crawl. He never complains.... rain or shine, he always goes to school."

Holik met the country's leader on Dec 3 - the UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities.



Eight-year-old Adul's daily walk to school takes him through the Indonesian forest and up steep slops.
PHOTO: Adul shows off his strength and determination with a handstand on his two-mile daily walk to school along hilly forest paths in this video image.
Picture posted by James Tweedie For Mailonline on 07 December 2018 at 12:01 GMT

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"I asked Abdul when we met if he wanted anything from me," Joko said in a statement.

"I thought he'd want me to give him a present. But he didn't want anything. He just said he wanted to go to university."

The pupil declared himself "very happy" for meeting his idol Joko, who got a full report on Holik's ambitious future plans.

"I want to be a firefighter, a doctor and an astronaut," he told AFP.



If we've got money, then he can take a motorcycle taxi but if things are tight, he's got to crawl.
PHOTO: "If we've got money, then he can take a motorcycle taxi but if things are tight, he's got to crawl. He never complains.... rain or shine, he always goes to school," said Holik's mother Pipin.
He wanted to go to university.
Photo: AFP
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If you look closer, you will see a mother's secret dispair and tears.
PHOTO: If you look closer, you will see a mother's secret dispair and tears. A world with such insensitivity . . .
Picture by Violeta Minnick, posted on 14 February 2013 - to dream and never grow up

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By AFP, Asiaone, 21 December 2018



Reference
[1] AFP, Asiaone, 8-year-old Indonesian boy's 'school crawl' becomes sensation, posted on 21 December 2018, http://www.asiaone.com/asia/8-year-old-indonesian-boys-school-crawl-becomes-sensation