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Czech convicts fix bikes for African pupils

By Agence France-Presse in Ostrava, Czech Republic ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-25 07:22:37

In a jumble of bicycle frames, six burly men in drab gray overalls tinker with blue, purple and pink children's bikes, checking brakes and gears to make sure all will be in order for their future owners in Africa.

These inmates at the Hermanice prison in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava have volunteered to fix old bicycles for a charity serving rural Gambia, where children use them to reach distant schools.

Surrounded by tools and air pumps, the inmates check wheels, bicycle chains and gears in two prison workshops under the watchful eye of armed guards.

Czech convicts fix bikes for African pupils

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