Behind Indonesia’s tsunami response, a patchwork army of volunteers

“Volunteers help us more. They go straight to the residents themselves.”

Ian Morse, Journalist based in Gorontalo, Indonesia

The first humanitarian aid to reach Labuana village along the disaster-hit coast of Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province didn’t come from the government, the Red Cross, or a big international NGO. It came from a 36-year-old volunteer shuttling donated supplies in a borrowed canoe.

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