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Jakarta Post

After Merapi, young guns give hope and help

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 16 2010   /  09:20 am

Disaster zone: A boy walks past houses damaged by the eruptions, in Gendol village, Cangkringan district, Sleman, Yogyakarta on Nov. 10. JP/J. Adiguna Young people have become a new power in the disaster relief efforts across Indonesia, a country prone to natural catastrophes ranging from tsunamis to earthquakes and from floods to volcanic eruptions.Students, teenagers and people in their early 30s have joined hands to give donations, volunteer and even launch humanitarian campaigns to ease the burden of other human beings suffering from the calamities.Indonesia straddles the so-called Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped arc of intense earthquakes and volcanoes activities.The country has recently been hit by a number of natural disasters — from flash floods in Wasior, West Papua, a tsunami in Mentawai Islands off West Sumatra and the on-going eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta th...