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Indonesia: Disaster Relief and Environmental Protection on Sulawesi
In September 2018, a devastating earthquake hit Sulawesi. It took the island's inhabitants completely by surprise. Thousands died in the rubble of their homes, sank into the ground or drowned in the tsunami that followed the earthquake. An even greater number of people lost all their belongings. Countless public buildings were also destroyed, such as churches, schools and hospitals. Many of the survivors are still deeply traumatised today.
Indonesia lies along a particularly active seismic zone called the Pacific Ring of Fire. The occurrence of earthquakes and tsunamis in this region is practically inevitable. One thing that can be changed is the way people deal with such natural disasters. On the other hand, other disasters, such as droughts, forest fires, crop failures are the direct result of man-made climate change and the gradual destruction of the environment. A lack of awareness and knowledge about ecological interrelationships further aggravates the situation.
Prevention and education
The Indonesian Council of Churches, to which the Indonesian EMS member churches also belong, focuses specifically on prevention and education. In the regions of Sulawesi that are particularly affected, 155 representatives of different religions and cultures are currently in training on disaster prevention and environmental protection. They will then pass on this knowledge to the local people. In addition, the churches are developing concepts on how to minimise the impact of natural disasters. For example, participants in the training courses are instructed in the relationships between environmental degradation and the occurrence of natural disasters.
Off the coast of Indonesia lies the Pacific Ring of Fire. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common here.
Preparations for disasters
Once an emergency has occurred, it is usually too late to take any precautionary measures or develop a crisis concept. Disaster relief workers simply must respond immediately. An interfaith working group is developing crisis and disaster plans as well as training materials to help minimise the negative impacts of a disaster so that people are more prepared. This knowledge can be used, for example, to train volunteer disaster relief teams on site. The important thing here is that aid is always provided to the entire population, regardless of religion or church affiliation.
We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.
Djoko P. A. Wibowo
Liaison Secretary Indonesia
+49 711 636 78 -36
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