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Merapi: Hopes and Fears

The aftermath of the eruption of the majestic Mount Merapi through a foreigner’s eyes. Mount Merapi is an iconic landmark of Indonesia, many claim it to be one of the most scenic spots within Southeast Asia. Situated near Jogjakarta, which is located in Central Java, it is the most active volcano in Indonesia. Late last year, Mount Merapi erupted, destroying complete villages and leaving many homeless. What was once a popular tourist destination had become a barren land of despair. I spent some time in Cangkringan Village volunteering with some members of the organisation, Jalin Merapi, which contributes by disseminating…

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