What does the priest need?

This suffering calls many empathy regardless ethnicity, religion and political view. It is very interesting to see that banners, flags and logo competition at the disaster areas this time is not as merry as during Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006. Interfaith network grows stronger and any supports to disaster affected people are coming sincerely and heartily without reserve. Disaster affected people, who are mostly Muslim, are willing to stay at church which prepared place for the Muslims to having ritual prayers and actions performed five times daily. Interfaith issue, such as suspicion of having small-minded faith is present, though not as vigorous as in other disaster responses. This reflects the fact that our people are smart people, who have strong faith and thus a pack of rice will not change their belief.

Last night I visited some disaster affected people who are staying at Yogadharma Clinic, Magelang managed by Yogadharma and volunteers. This small displaced-people shelter accommodates 170 persons. I faintly heard campur sari music sang by the displaced-persons, from Cucak Rowo to Keroncong Bengawan Solo, they sang together. When I came to see, I noticed the Priest was playing keyboard and dancing with the displaced-people. He is truly a good priest, he gave what the displaced-people need (SW).


About oaseindisasters

Oase in Disaster - Yakkum Emergency Unit This blog is official blog of Yakkum Emergency Unit Member of ACT Alliance and Member of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia. The contents of this blog covers the YEU's activities related to emergency responds activities in Indonesia. Currently, we are working in emergency respon in three different areas; to respond Wasior flash-flood affected people in Manokwari, West Papua, tsunami-Mentawai affected people in Mentawai, West Sumatera, and Merapi Volcano Eruption in Central Java and Yogyakarta. At the national level, we are coordinating within the network of Humanitarian Forum of Indonesia (HFI) and at the International level we're coordinating with Global Network for Disaster Reduction and ACT Alliance. Email: yeu@yeu.or.id Follow us in twitter @yeu2001 www.yeu.or.id www.actalliance.org www.humanitarianforumindonesia.org
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