Many forest fires in Indonesia—particularly those that contribute to the poisonous haze that drifts across Southeast Asia every year—are exacerbated by the fact that they’re burning on peatlands. For the villagers in the area, a lack of adequate infrastructure means that their struggles continue even after the smoke clears.
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“What We Decide Will Be All That Remains”
Every year, countries in Southeast Asia are affected by the transboundary haze generated by forest fires on peatlands. When cities are cloaked in smog, people complain about the slash-and-burn practices, only to move on once the smoke clears. This comic is the first in a series of pieces about the haze in Southeast Asia.
Memories from a Changed Camp
Prison camps that once held political prisoners in Indonesia have since been transformed into shopping complexes or tourist attractions. People now experience these spaces in a completely different way, but the women who were once housed behind their walls still have stories to tell.
Children of Independence
In its early days of independence, Timor-Leste had one of the world’s highest birth rates. 20 years on from the nation’s vote for freedom, those babies are on the brink of adulthood, having grown up in a sovereign country still bearing the bruises of a vicious fight for freedom.
Battling Mass Organisations in Bogor
Mass organisations have a long history in Indonesia. But while they originally had a positive purpose, a case in the city of Bogor highlights how they can be used to breed intolerance.
Stateless in a Globalised World
A Rohingya refugee stuck in limbo in Indonesia reflects upon his journey and the denial of freedom of movement to refugees around the world.
NN Explains: The Indonesian Presidential Elections
Indonesians will vote for their next president on 17 April. If you aren’t familiar with the Indonesian presidential election process, here’s an explainer to get you up to speed.
The Indonesian Women’s Ulama Movement
Amid concerns of rising religious intolerance in Indonesia, a women-led movement for moderate, progressive Islam is pushing back.
Promoting Peace Through Art
Amid an increase in cases of religious intolerance across Indonesia, artists are fighting back by using their work to promote unity and diversity.