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Jakarta Post

Evacuees' love-hate relationship with emergency staple food: instant noodles

  • Ruslan Sangadji and Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Palu and Yogyakarta   /   Thu, April 4, 2019   /  11:43 am
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Displaced people in Gunung Merah shelter in Jayapura, Papua, are fed instant noodles on March 20. They fled their inundated homes on March 16.(Courtesy of Tabloid Jubi/Engel Wally)

Marta Yikwa struggled to find staple food in the wake of the disastrous flash flood that hit Jayapura, Papua, on March 18. On her first day at the evacuation camp in the Bas Youwe Stadium, Marta had no choice but to survive on packs of instant noodles provided by volunteers in the area. “We had instant noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The makeshift kitchen was not yet set up on the first day at the camp,” Marta said, adding that she still ate noodles as the local administration had reportedly donated an additional 1,000 boxes of instant noodles. Marta’s instant noodle diet is a common experience shared among survivors of natural disasters in several regions across the archipelago over the years. In the absence of nutritious meals, instant noodles are often regarded as a handy substitute during an emergency, for better or worse. Read also: Sentani flash ...