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Horse milk cures poverty, cancer on Sumbawa

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 2 2008   /  01:56 am

MIRACLE MILK: Residents of Saneo village in Dompu regency, West Nusa Tenggara, walk their horses before releasing them into the wild to graze. The horses are farmed for their milk, which can cure a number of diseases including colon cancer. (JP/Panca Nugraha) Spurred by the Dompu regency administration, sales from miracle-working horse milk, and an increase in tourism have helped raise living standards for the people of Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara. Sumbawa Island is well known for its horses, descendants of the legendary Mongolian animals and also of Chinese stock. Though small in size, they are often used to pull cidomo carts, a popular form of transportation on the island, for racing and, rather unexpectedly, for their milk -- which cures cancer. Residents, especially those who work in milk production centers in Sumbawa, Dompu and Bima regencies, raise the...