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Jakarta Post

Clowns bring laughter to flood evacuation sites

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 9, 2020   /  02:00 pm
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Clowns from Aku Badut Indonesia (ABI) play with children affected by recent flooding in a shelter in Pesanggrahan, Bintaro, South Jakarta on Sunday. . (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Making people laugh in the face of disaster is certainly not an easy thing. But for members of Aku Badut Indonesia (I am Indonesian Clown, ABI) it comes naturally after years of brushing up on their skills. A member and cofounder, Ibnu Mahdiansyah, retold the tricks he used to entertain children at evacuation sites in Jakarta in the past week, after floods hit Greater Jakarta early this month. He said he usually started with a question the children could not refuse to answer: “Who wants presents?” Ibnu said the children would race to answer his question: “Me!”  “Not quick enough! One more time! The one who answers the fastest receives a gift from Mr. Clown!” Ibnu told The Jakarta Post as he described his act. He said he then rolls out a tricky question, “Who hasn’t showered?” and the children race to answer “Me!...