Unite for Humanity

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Member of RRI’s Monitoring Council, Dwi Hernuningsih (third from right), along with Independent Observer’s Editor in Chief, Irawan Ronodipuro (second from right), and the Regent of North Lombok, Najmul Akhyar (far right), handing over aids to the victims of natural disaster in North Lombok. (photo: IO/Prive. Doc)

IO – The natural disasters that happened within a short period of time in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have left its residents trau­matized. One after another, strong earth­quakes have destroyed buildings such as houses, schools and places of prayer. As a result, residents’ activities have slowed down, the economy has stalled, as psycho­logical burdens need longer to heal.

East Nusa Tenggara, and especially North Lombok, has been affected the most. In an attempt to build a spirit of cooperation, we have decided to help our brothers and sisters there directly. A form of care between Indo­nesians. Working together with the govern­ment to help revitalize the affected areas. Not just to help through material means but also psychological.

This natural disaster must become the glue that brings all groups together in this heated political year. Leave behind politics in order to reach one goal: Humanity.

Without having to be reported by the me­dia, helping other Indonesians who have been struck by disaster must be our collec­tive responsibility. Put aside egos so that goals may be met, helping to ease the burden of those affected to increase their will to sur­vive. Whatever the kind of support, it is sure to help immensely.

This is the Indonesian spirit, the spirit of togetherness which was shown when fight­ing for our independence by Indonesia’s he­roes. We must always keep the flame of this spirit alive, so that we may heal North Lom­bok and other affected areas. (alen)