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Zambezi River Bridge, Zambia, 1997

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"On a black night in 1971, a boat overturned while crossing the Zambezi at Chinyingi, drowning a Roman Catholic priest and nun and three local Zambians. Brother Crispin, a priest at a nearby mission, vowed to end such accidents. Collecting cable and pipes from copper mines and reading engineering texts, he designed and helped build a 700-foot [213-meter] long footbridge, an incredible amateur feat and one of the river's few bridges."

—From "Down the Zambezi," October 1997, National Geographic magazine

Photograph by Chris Johns

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