The school is located in the bottom of the slope. On the top of the slope, there are lots of relief center by political parties, religious communities, and other organizations. Ironic thing is, the help never come to the crisis area. People near the high school are survived because of the supplies that were sent by SMA Negeri 8 alumni. I wanted to cross check the information and I asked red cross, military personnel, and more people and they are saying the same thing. Help doesn’t come from the top of the slope. Some people are just taking the advantage of this crisis. April 2014 will be election year. Everyone is doing the same old promise, “for the people”. Some people just want to create the good branding on them, without thinking what people really feel. Worse thing is, when I go to the top of the slope, they are leaving a lot of trashes. They simply don’t help people and they just make the condition worse.
Politicians are not the only one who tries to get some benefits from the flood. I can see that there are people who doesn’t affected by flood got down and soak themselves in the flood just to get some free medicine, food, or supplies. They live on the upper part of the slope, dry and warm but they want to take what is meant for someone that deserves that better. According to some refugees, the person that lives in the upper part of the slope usually go to the political parties’ relief center and deplete all the supplies there. They turned greedy and they also want to exploit the supplies in the refugee camp, although they know supplies are limited.
There is one moment that I cannot photograph but remains in my head. There was a family with children of 2, aged 4 and 5 years old. Because of the limited supplies, the family only got 1 food ration. The parents didn’t eat the ration but they gave it to their children and they will eat their leftover. I asked them why didn’t they eat it, they just simply say this
“For me, it’s okay to have less food or face hunger but at least we can see our children have full stomach and smile. Although we might lose some of our asset but we still have the moments spent with family and see our children smile”
Even on this kind of situation, they can see the silver lining and there are lots of things that I can learn.