On the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, child jockeys are risking life and limb to race horses.

Despite being illegal, children as young as five compete as professional jockeys in traditional horse races In Indonesia's remote southern island of Sumbawa.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Bima.


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The racers often stare death in the face while chasing around a dusty track in front of cheering spectators.

Predominantly from poor families, the jockey's compete when when they are not studying at school, earning enough to support their entire families.

Sahrul Ramadan, an eight-year-old jockey, tells Al Jazeera's Bobby Gunawan his story.


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Source: Al Jazeera