Signs of Hope

Putu Sayoga

 
 A sign put on the ruins at Balaroa, Palu, Central Sulawesi. On Friday afternoon Sep. 28, 2018 Central Sulawesi hit by deadly earthquake that triggered tsunami and liquefaction that destroyed many places. Amid the ruins of Balaroa housing complex I met Huzaimah (38), one of the survivors of the disaster. Her eyes filled with tears as she told me how she could escape death. When the earthquake struck, a cupboard fell on her but luckily she was able to remove it, and then she immediately got out of the house. Sadly, her elder sister was lost amid the stumbling ground and had not been discovered when I met her. “That's why we put a sign there (pointing to the flag placed on the ruins) in the hope to find my sister even though she might have been dead”, she said. When I was walking around the area, I found some similar signs, signifying a hope that the search and rescue team would be able to find their relatives or loved ones. According to the national disaster mitigation agency death toll had risen to 2,113 with 1,309 still missing and the official search was stopped on last Friday, Oct 12, 2018.
 

On Friday afternoon September 28, 2018 Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, was hit by deadly earthquake that triggered tsunami and liquefaction that destroyed many places. According to the country’s national disaster mitigation agency, death toll had risen to 2,113 with 1,309 still missing on the last day of the search and rescue two weeks later.

That’s why we put a sign there in the hope to find my sister even though she might have been dead
 A sign put on the ruins at Balaroa, Palu, Central Sulawesi. On Friday afternoon Sep. 28, 2018 Central Sulawesi hit by deadly earthquake that triggered tsunami and liquefaction that destroyed many places. Amid the ruins of Balaroa housing complex I met Huzaimah (38), one of the survivors of the disaster. Her eyes filled with tears as she told me how she could escape death. When the earthquake struck, a cupboard fell on her but luckily she was able to remove it, and then she immediately got out of the house. Sadly, her elder sister was lost amid the stumbling ground and had not been discovered when I met her. “That's why we put a sign there (pointing to the flag placed on the ruins) in the hope to find my sister even though she might have been dead”, she said. When I was walking around the area, I found some similar signs, signifying a hope that the search and rescue team would be able to find their relatives or loved ones. According to the national disaster mitigation agency death toll had risen to 2,113 with 1,309 still missing and the official search was stopped on last Friday, Oct 12, 2018.
 A sign put on the ruins at Balaroa, Palu, Central Sulawesi. On Friday afternoon Sep. 28, 2018 Central Sulawesi hit by deadly earthquake that triggered tsunami and liquefaction that destroyed many places. Amid the ruins of Balaroa housing complex I met Huzaimah (38), one of the survivors of the disaster. Her eyes filled with tears as she told me how she could escape death. When the earthquake struck, a cupboard fell on her but luckily she was able to remove it, and then she immediately got out of the house. Sadly, her elder sister was lost amid the stumbling ground and had not been discovered when I met her. “That's why we put a sign there (pointing to the flag placed on the ruins) in the hope to find my sister even though she might have been dead”, she said. When I was walking around the area, I found some similar signs, signifying a hope that the search and rescue team would be able to find their relatives or loved ones. According to the national disaster mitigation agency death toll had risen to 2,113 with 1,309 still missing and the official search was stopped on last Friday, Oct 12, 2018.

Amid the ruins of Balaroa housing complex, Putu Sayoga met Huzaimah (38), one of the survivors of the disaster. Her eyes filled with tears as she told her story escaping death. When the earthquake struck, a cupboard fell on her but luckily she was able to remove it, and then she immediately got out of the house. Sadly, her elder sister was lost amid the stumbling ground and had not been discovered. “That's why we put a sign there (pointing to the flag placed on the ruins) in the hope to find my sister even though she might have been dead”, she said. When the photographer was walking around the area, he found some similar signs, signifying a hope that the search and rescue team would be able to find their relatives or loved ones.