May 27, 2016 2:29 PM EDT

Residents of a mountainous Chinese village will soon get a set of stairs, after photos of children using bamboo ladders surfaced online this week.

Children returning home from school must climb more than 2,500 feet to reach their village of Atuleer, in Sichuan province, the Associated Press reports. They are members of the Yi minority, a poor group that subsists mainly by farming potatoes, walnuts and chili peppers. After photos of the children surfaced online and in the Chinese press, the Liangshan prefectural government, which oversees the county where the children live, said that a set of stairs would be built while officials mull a long-term solution.


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