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Jakarta Post

Treating honored guests

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  01:39 am

The true face of Indonesia, said organizers of the recent Asian Games, was reflected in the throng of young volunteers who were always smiling and ready to help.

Organizers of the ongoing Asian Para Games are optimistic they can continue that atmosphere with earlier extra training for volunteers and officials, especially to be able to cater to athletes and other guests who are disabled, as well as possible. So far the guests’ responses have been positive, acknowledging shortcomings but nevertheless appreciating the overall friendliness of the hosts.

Yet in Central Sulawesi, where hundreds of foreign aid workers have arrived in response to the recent disasters, there is some confusion. In the middle of a humanitarian crisis with thousands of homeless survivors of the earthquakes and tsunami and thousands missing, not everyone has felt welcome.

A few foreign aid w...