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

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“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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