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We Can't Stop Disasters, But We Can Be Prepared

Jakarta Globe    |   Wednesday,  7th January 2015


In the past decade, there has been typhoons in the Philippines, storms in New York City, earthquakes in Haiti, tsunami in Japan, volcano eruptions in Iceland, floods in Thailand and of course all of these disasters have also taken place in Indonesia.
Our archipelago faces one of the most diverse natural disaster threats in the world. Are we prepared for another one? Have we properly built our resilience towards disaster?


Indonesian province of Aceh remembers tsunami 10 years on    |   Friday,  26th December 2014 07:10:00


Ten years ago today around 230,000 people died when a devastating tsunami ripped through more than a dozen Asian countries

The tsunami formed after a massive earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Aceh.

Not surprisingly our neighbour Indonesia was the hardest hit by the resulting disaster.

In the years since, Australian and international charities have poured money into rebuilding the devastated areas.


10 Years After the Tsunami: Finding Peace in Disasters    |   Sunday,  21st December 2014 11:17 pm EST


As Canadians headed to bed on Christmas night, 2004, a giant earthquake rumbled beneath the waters of the Pacific Ocean. I awoke the next morning to news reports of utter devastation. Tsunami waves caused by the earthquake had slammed into coastal villages in Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka, home to some of the world's poorest children and their families.

There was never a question of whether I would head to the region, but how soon. We initially had no idea how many World Vision staff members in the region were alive, or where planes could land. The moment we could connect the dots, I was on a flight to India.

Only after I arrived did I comprehend the scale of the destruction. In harbor communities, huge waves had shoved fishing boats into piles four, five and six high. Some neighborhoods lay in ruins, others weren't there at all. In rural areas, places which just days earlier had looked like dream holidays in vacation brochure were now completely stripped of their palm trees.


Melissa Doyle visits Indonesia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami    |   Monday,  15th December 2014 8:41 am


It’s hard to believe that it's been a decade since the earthquake off the coast of the western Indonesian island of Sumatra caused the devastating 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which left more than 250,000 people dead or missing across 14 countries.

Banda Aceh, the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia, was the most severely hit city with approximately 160,000 people dead and many more injured, due to it's proximity to 9.3 magnitude earthquake that triggered the tsunami.


The Importance of Paper Trails

Jakarta Globe    |   Thursday, 4 December 2014

Last year, my 9-year-old son Shaleem painted a picture about the rights of the child for a school project.
I was surprised. He divided the frame into two halves. The first half depicted a child with a happy face, wearing good clothes, playing and having fun in a park. The other half of the frame showed a child with an unhappy face, wearing torn clothes and working under the hot sun. When I asked him why he painted this, he explained that every day on his way to school here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he sees other children who are working. "Do they not have rights to go to school, to play and to have fun?" he asked me.

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