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Sulawesi: noble workers or do-gooders?

Sulawesi: noble workers or do-gooders?

An international aid group is urging Australians to do more to help Indonesia as it recovers from natural disasters on the islands of Sulawesi and Lombok.

Indonesia has a population of more than 260 million, Australia 25 million. Indonesia is hit with yet another national disaster killing more than 1,500 so far. Ms Loch, from Mollymook on the state’s South Coast, said she had never experienced an earthquake before, she was holidaying in Bali at the time. “I don’t think Australians realise the extent of the damage. It just breaks your heart,” she said. Kain Sissons, is a surfer, from Wollongong in NSW, he said he was surprised by the level of destruction on the islands. Mr Sissons is the Australian project manager for the charity Waves for Water, a franchise charity based in California that offers clean water around the world. Australia is in the middle of perhaps the most crippling drought in living memory. Our crops are failing, our cattle starving and country towns dying. Rural towns have begged people not to forget them. They ask you to visit their towns, have a beer, buy a pie, even stay in their caravan park. I doubt Ms Loch heard much about that while having diner in Bali. And, there is no record of Mr Sissons spreading a bit of charity in Australia by buying a bale of hay, for example. What about the old maxim, “charity begins at home?” Come to think of it, I don’t remember Indonesia coming to Australia’s aid at any time. Too busy buying armament I suppose.

Source: ABC

Calls for Australians to offer more support to disaster recovery in Lombok and Sulawesi

The death toll on Sulawesi has risen to 1,550 people after a 7.5-magnitude earth quake triggered a tsunami last month.

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated and thousands more are injured or missing.

It follows a series of powerful earthquakes on the island of Lombok which killed nearly 500 people in August.

The quakes could be felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, where New South Wales woman Susan Loch was enjoying dinner in a restaurant with her family.

“The staff yelled at us ‘earthquake, run,'” Ms Loch said.

“I felt my feet starting to vibrate and my sister felt the floor moving.”

Ms Loch, from Mollymook on the state’s South Coast, said she had never experienced an earthquake before.

“It was scary. We had no idea what was going to happen in the next five minutes, the next hour, the next day,” she said.

Concerned by the devastation reported, Ms Loch returned to the Bali last month to deliver 10 water purification devices to locals still recovering from the disaster.

“It’s a small amount but it will give them fresh drinking water,” she said.

“We all take it for granted, but they will be able to drink safely from muddy pools of water.

“They were just extremely grateful, they couldn’t thank me enough.”

Ms Loch’s latest visit to Indonesia coincided with the devastating tsunami on Sualwesi.

“I don’t think Australians realise the extent of the damage. It just breaks your heart,” she said.

“A lot of us travel to Bali and we just need to help them.”

Australians urged not to turn a blind eye

Waves for Water is a not-for-profit organisation which offers clean water to communities in need around the world.

The charity’s Australian project manager, Kain Sissons, has been delivering the organisation’s water purification devices to affected parts of the country.

The surfer, from Wollongong in NSW, said he was surprised by the level of destruction on the islands.

“Rubble debris everywhere, buildings flattened, a lot of homes half standing and locals sleeping in tents outside their homes or in refugee camps,” he said.

“Even though I work with an NGO and liaise with people for disaster relief, I was actually beside myself when I arrived there at how bad it actually is.”

Mr Sissons said many Australian’s seem to be oblivious to the damage to the popular tourist destination.

“It’s our playground, it’s our backyard,” he said.

“We go there and enjoy it, whether it’s our once a year family holiday or it’s a surf trip.

“I think we shouldn’t be turning a blind eye.”

He is now calling for Australians not to abandon travel to the island but consider what more than can do to help.

“Tourism is a vital part to their economy, but when I was travelling through Lombok the resorts there were empty,” he said.

“There were no western people there which means there’s no money coming for the local people.

“So can we be doing more, we [should] be doing more.”

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Finn 08/10/2018, 5:45 am

    It’s the body count that gets the bucks.

    Meantime our farmers can get f****d.

    No votes there.

    No

  • Lorraine 08/10/2018, 7:14 am

    many millions of Australian aid dollars goes to Indonesia, and as mentioned , they have never helped with any of our disasters. I care not for their lot.

  • Pensioner Pete 08/10/2018, 7:25 am

    Unlike the mounting death toll in Indonesia, the numbers of deaths attributable to the effects of the drought in Australia are not publicised, during one period in this district alone, there was an average of one suicide per week as poor souls took their lives in desperation at the situation of losing their stock, their livelihoods, their properties (to the ravenous banks) and their families with inaction forthcoming from both State and Federal Governments.

    As the drought enters it’s seventh year here, more businesses have closed, our remaining local white goods retailer is struggling to keep the doors open, another publican has gone bankrupt, the electricity prices keep rising whilst income keeps falling. Again, little meaningful action from either the State or Federal Governments, just words.

    The financial aid offered recently by ScoMo is nothing less than a cruel joke, the paperwork to be surmounted, is in the opinion of most, deliberately onerous to ensure the uptake of the offer is very low. Currently, a round bale of hay is $90, up from $35 just a couple of years ago, how to feed remaining stock when the bank is looming on the horizon with resumption notices and the bank account is as dry as the drought?

    The reality is this, until the State and Federal Governments take decisive action such as commencing the likes of the Bradfield Scheme, building huge dams, huge irrigation projects and the supporting infrastructure, droughts will continue to have a major impact upon the countries rural production thus negatively impacting on the nations economy.

    State and Federal politicians have demonstrated by their lack of meaningful action, they just do not care and only visit for a fly in fly out photo opportunity. The only politician who is not in this mould and actually spends much time on the ground taking on the concerns of the locals is Pauline Hanson, she has visited the district many times and walked the walk, she travelled with the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners on all three occasions when they came here in the recent past, she visited during the Birdsville Races with little interest shown by the MSM. Is it no wonder she is increasing in popularity out here?

    I, as many others here, will be expressing our disgust come next State and Federal elections, at the ballot box. One thing as certain as the flies will abound in summer, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will gain even more political ground at these elections.

  • bushwanker 08/10/2018, 7:42 am

    No way will I be giving to an aid fund for the Islamic Indonesia. The Indonesian government spend megabucks on building up their defence force……why, is Australia a threat to them?

  • Henry 08/10/2018, 8:42 am

    The feelings of Bushwanker and Pete are experienced by many. Since the arrival of Trump with his demand, “What are WE getting out of this? Do you think we are mugs? Where is the money going? Do you think the US is a piggy bank?” there has been slowly growing a re-evaluation in immigration and charity.
    I have yet to hear of France getting donations, or the US, or Australia. Democracies have their own disaster policies adequate or not. Dictatorships don’t.

  • TommyGun 08/10/2018, 8:45 am

    While I am sympathetic to the plight of individuals following these disasters, I have no sympahy for the governments. The Indonesian government (motivated by izlamic idiots) is hostile to Australia. The Australian gummint is a bunch of virtue-signalling sycophants who seem to fall over themselves to give money to hostile governments.

  • Penguinite 08/10/2018, 9:17 am

    One day soon, possibly within my limited lifetime, the hoards from Indonesia will seek to capitalize on a soft and generous, not to mention sizeable Australia, and relocate en mass and we won’t be able to stop them! The precedent has been set by Merkle in Germany.

  • Biking Voter 08/10/2018, 10:23 am

    Indonesia? Oh dear, how sad … never mind, there will be another earthquake along soon.

    Meanwhile, deal with it, corrupt Indonesian officials.

  • Austin Ayforti 08/10/2018, 10:35 am

    I may well be considered a despicable person but I have absolutely zero empathy for Indonesia and even for it’s Allah idolising people who go along with whatever they are told. The effects of these tragedies on their people doesn’t seem to matter much to the grubs in charge as long as their bank balance gets a healthy increase for another military boost.

  • Bwana Neusi 08/10/2018, 10:53 am

    In the words of the prophet “Insallah” – Its the will of Allah, it has been ordained, so accept it.

  • Neville 08/10/2018, 11:00 am

    And remember the fatalism theme built into their most fundamental ‘holy’ texts – it’s all the will of ‘allah’, not your fault, ‘allah’ did it – no wait, ‘allah’ is perfect; so then, that must mean someone else did it to me, yes, that’s it, the will of ‘allah’ was to allow someone else to do it … therefore I don’t have to do anything about it … not my problem … lettem die … I’m still OK ….

  • bushwanker 08/10/2018, 4:19 pm

    Australians should never forget the Australian journalists who were murdered by the Indonesian army in East Timor and whose murder was covered up the Labor government of the day. Australian politicians have very selective short memories.

  • luk1955 08/10/2018, 6:14 pm

    1550 fewer moozies to kill, maim, and contaminate the gene pool. It gladdens my heart to see that there are now fewer moozies to our north. Why didn’t their allah save them?

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