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A beacon of hope amid fractures and flattened homes in Sulawesi

Dr Davitan is treating Nona, 60, for a fractured arm suffered in the tragic earthquake that shook parts of western Sulawesi to pieces late September. Minutes later, the Indonesian Red Cross ambulance navigates the cracked and damaged road, following the young man on his motorcycle. Seconds after arriving, the doctor and paramedic carefully assess Asriyah, 57, discovering a fractured upper leg. It’s the biggest bone in her body, the femur.

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Indonesia: “Everyone thought I died” – A desperate attempt to find pieces of home

It has been three weeks since the deadly tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi swept away her house. Every time she thinks about that day, her eyes get wet. “Everyone thought I died,” says Nursiah, while she tries to find valuables and clothes in the debris. Only the blue roof in the rubble reminds her of a place that used to be home.

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