Helping Hands

It takes so little time for a quiet, carefully constructed life to be destroyed. The earthquake that struck Central Java in Indonesia on May 27 lasted just 57 seconds, yet it killed at least 6,200 people, left tens of thousands injured or homeless, and ravaged an area of some 500 sq km in and around the city of Yogyakarta. So much devastation, all in less than a minute.

The task of rebuilding and recovering will take years. By the end of last week, food, water, medicines, tents, blankets and emergency teams were flowing into the disaster zone. But...

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