Written by: Sydney Morton
Wreckage and heartache remain on the islands of Lombok and Sulawesi, Indonesia after earthquakes and a tsunami devastated communities. Months into their recovery, signs of hope, strength and humanity are also evident—everywhere. Day in and day out, residents are moving beyond the rubble with resilience.
Read six powerful stories of strength, hope and humanity from the islands of Lombok and Sulawesi.
This summer, communities in Lombok, Indonesia endured five powerful earthquakes. Terrifying aftershocks followed for weeks-on-end. An estimated 3.5 million people have been affected, with almost 500,000 people displaced from their homes. Miles away and just weeks later, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Sulawesi, Indonesia—triggering a tsunami, mudslides and liquefaction. More than 2,000 people were killed and 68,000+ houses damaged or destroyed.
Read six stories from the islands of Lombok and Sulawesi, accompanied by powerful photos and quotes: https://medium.com/@AmericanRedCross/six-photos-of-hope-amidst-disaster-indonesias-earthquakes-and-tsunami-33a95cf734dc
ABOUT RED CROSS IN SULAWESI AND LOMBOK
Thus far, the American Red Cross has contributed $1 million to relief efforts on the islands of Sulawesi and Lombok — in addition to deploying nine disaster responders.
Prior to the earthquake, the American Red Cross worked alongside the Indonesian Red Cross (locally known as Palang Merah Indonesia) to prepare communities — including through disaster simulations, teaching earthquake preparedness in schools, and providing first aid training.