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Trauma therapy still needed for Sunda Strait natural disaster survivors

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Sebesi Island, South Lampung   /   Fri, September 20, 2019   /  04:21 pm
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Sebesi Island women make purses in a trauma therapy session for tsunami survivors. The therapy not only teaches the women how to sew but also encourages them to open up and deal with the trauma caused by the tsunami in December last year.(JP/A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil)

Bandriah, 28, stuffs a toy cat with Java cotton, while recalling the day when a tsunami struck her home island of Sebesi on the Sunda Strait, South Lampung. While concentrating intently on what she is doing, she recounts the traumatic experience of the tsunami hitting her neighborhood late last year.   “I loved my parents the most. My father died when I was 5 five years old so I lived with my grandmother here in Tejang,” Bandriah said while continuing with her craftwork. Sobbing, Bandriah explains that she lived with her grandmother on the island until she finished junior high school and then she moved in with her mother and stepfather. The woman was doing craftwork as a means to heal the trauma caused by the tsunami “She no longer has her grandmother, that’s why she is sad,” Salma Indria Rahman said while consoling Bandriah in a one-on-one ...