January 12: Sumatra

This story has absolutely nothing to do with the island of Sumatra, but here’s a photo of Sumatra anyway.

I visited Sumatra in early 2007, after yet another devastating earthquake (Sumatra was badly damaged by the Asian Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004). The landscape is stunningly beautiful, with truly extreme mountains because it’s such a centre of geological upheaval. In the photo, the tourist market in Bukit Tinggi has been burnt by a fire (caused by the earthquake).

While I was there, I helped make food packages for people whose homes had been destroyed. For each family, we measured out two kilos of rice, a kilo each of oil and sugar, and two small cans of fish.

At the time, people in Sumatra were still rebuilding after the Boxing Day tsunami.

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