Indonesian Forest Fires Force Evacuation

30 year old Suryadi, with his two sons Abdul Rahman (5) and Abdul Hamid (1), describes the moment forest fires creeped up to his house:

“It began with the small fires from one concession on Pemuda Street, about hundred meters from here. I don’t know who owns the concession. But all I know is the fires were spreading rapidly. It was understandable because the weather was very hot and the wind blew very strongly. In one day, the fires were spreading everywhere, including to the farm behind my house so I decided to evacuate my family.”

“I don’t have any farm or concession,” Suryadi explained. But the fires made Suryadi unable to work. Suryadi and around 100 people in the village, earn a living by working for the palm oil concession. “I earned about 70 thousand rupiah per days. Now, I just wait for the concession to replant their farm.”

An abandoned house nearby the area destroyed by the recent forest fires, in Bengkalis, Riau Province, Indonesia.

Categories

The latest updates

Show thumb view  

Month In Pictures - November

Slideshow | 2 December, 2014

Month In Pictures - October

Slideshow | 31 October, 2014

Protest At The Prezioso Oil Rig In Italy

Image | 14 October, 2014 at 12:11

Activists from the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior occupy the ‘Prezioso’ offshore oil rig operated by the Italian oil company ENI in the Sicilian Channel. The activists unfurl a 120 meter square banner depicting the Italian Prime Minister,...

1 - 5 of 5272 results.