A mother reported to Indonesian authorities that her civil servant ex-husband had raped their three children. After a two-month investigation, East Luwu Police dismissed her claims, and evidence of a possible crime. Instead, authorities found her “delusional”.
In Sulawesi, the effects of climate change have become increasingly noticeable, but local communities are fighting back with a dose of community persistence.
Chickens hold prestigious positions in Toraja, South Sulawesi. Their presence is embedded in local mythology and history, and cockfighting is an activity that’s not only a form of gambling, but also part of important rituals and used for conflict resolution.
Despite a long history in Indonesia, Judaism isn’t one of the country’s officially recognised religions. But a small community in North Sulawesi—home to the only synagogue in the archipelago—isn’t letting that hold them back from worshipping while living in harmony alongside neighbours of other religions.
Many people lost their lives between 1998 and 2007 in Poso, Sulawesi. Now residents once swept up in the vortex of conflict choose to remember it with a dry humour—while still mindful of the potential for more violence.
Wildlife reserves in Indonesia have become popular attractions to observe endangered species on the brink of extinction. But the very presence of these rescued animals shows how widespread the problem of illegal wildlife poaching and trade has become across the archipelago.
Child marriage has deep cultural and economic roots in South Sulawesi, but comes at a serious cost to those who get married at a young age.