The Great Flood of Pangkal Pinang

— Written by Kelly Fitzgerald, Photography and Conclusion by Caitlin Jordan — News of Indonesia rarely reaches the U.S. unless something sensational like executions or elections happen. For this reason, I doubt that the disaster that afflicted our home here earlier this month made the news overseas. Bangka Island and Pangkal Pinang — the provincial capital and our home…

In and Out of the Smog: Life as an Evacuated Fulbrighter

— By Mackenzie Findlay — We recently crossed the two month anniversary of our time in Indonesia – and I have only taught for three days at my school. I’m supposed to be teaching at SMA 5 in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, a public senior high school. But from September 10th – November 2nd, they had…

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…