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Grief and Devastation

From Heart of Indonesia’s Disaster, a Cry for Help

MEULABOH, Indonesia, Jan. 1 – A dozen towns that once thrived near here are gone. Some 10,000 people have been buried, local officials say, and the effort to collect bodies cannot keep up…

…It is a picture of grief and devastation beyond that of any other in the dozen countries hit. Apart from a few sturdy mosques and buildings, there is simply nothing left under the mountains of black mud and debris.

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The death toll is currently estimated at 140,000. It’s impossible to comprehend. Of course, my local paper knows how important a story this is…that’s why on Friday’s front page it was below a story about the Rose Bowl. I hate my local newspaper.

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