Male Madagascar fody. Toliara, Madagascar All rights © Charles J Sharp

A lot of people come here to die, he tells me when I admit I’m still afraid of heights.

The sun is setting over the river as we drive under the last stretch of the four-mile-long bridge looming some 200 feet above us, blocking the sun for a brief moment with its concrete underbelly arced across the river.

This is a very popular suicide destination, he continues and turns some Bon Iver song up too…