Indonesia

Remembering devastation of 2004 tsunami

Remembering devastation of 2004 tsunami

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It is hard to imagine that one decade ago I had been dispatched to the Indonesia to cover Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services’ efforts after the December 26 tsunami that would eventually kill more than 200,000 people. The devastation remains unconscionable today, after being dropped into Aceh province to cover the victims and survivors. Only one word could truly describe my reaction to seeing the damage from the event: “Helpless.”

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Rescued animals, a new dinosaur on display, apology from South Korean president | May 19

Rescued animals, a new dinosaur on display, apology from South Korean president | May 19

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A rescued orang utan in Indonesia prepares for release into the wild while a pig and dog are saved in the Balkan floods, the original fossilized femur of a previously undiscovered giant dinosaur species is on display in Trelew, Argentina, South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye takes responsibility for the mishandling of last month’s Sewol ferry disaster, and more in today’s daily brief.

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When a chicken meets the sea: A day of cleansing in Indonesia

When a chicken meets the sea: A day of cleansing in Indonesia

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The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or traveling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Hindus pray on the beach in order to clean themselves and environment from all the past bad deeds and throw it overboard into the sea with offerings to the gods.
 
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