Ami Meets a Jew

From the archives: April 2013 Ami, a 23-year old college grad from Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh, is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. “I hear no Jews died in 9/11 because they made the attack.  It’s true, yeah?” Tell him otherwise and he laughs and shakes his head. “No, I don’t believe.” Affable with a handsome…

Gray ash covers a leaf in Berastagi, a mountainous town where Medan residents go to escape from the heat. Berastagi provides most of the fresh produce to Medan, and the falling ash from Mt. Sinabung has hurt many of the crops. Prices have risen as a direct result of the eruptions. (Kelsey Figone/ Indonesiaful)

In the wake of natural disasters

Mount Sinabung, a volcanic peak in North Sumatra, is once again spewing ash onto nearby communities, batuk-batuk (“coughing” in Indonesian) hundreds of times in the past week. It lay dormant for centuries but the recent volcanic activity has caused local residents to evacuate their homes sporadically since September. Winds have carried the ash and deposited it…