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Nias, the abandonned island.

NIAS, the abandoned island . This island is situated 125 kms. to the west of Sumatra (Indonesia), the site of the tsunami which took place in the Aceh region in December. The Nias people have their own language called Nias but young people speak Indonesian which they learn at school and those in contact with tourists speak English. Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities live there side by side. In the south of the island there is a site suitable for surfing (the Sorake beach) (...)

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Hilisalawa is a remote village without road access or electricity. To reach the village which is located in the middle of the jungle, a good hour walk is needed on perilous tree bridges, through rice fields and other hazardous bits of path. When visited the 15th September 2005, the extremely friendly inhabitants had not received emergency shelters while half of the houses are down. By chance, the Palang Merah (Indonesian Red Cross) were collecting data the same day and the Spanish Red Cross (...)

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