Foreign aid workers blocked from Indonesian disaster sites following quake

Indonesian authorities have now barred all foreign aid workers from helping at disaster sites in the aftermath of the country's deadly earthquake and tsunami.

This is despite President Joko Widodo’s appeal for international assistance after the powerful 7.5 magnitude quake devastated communities in the west coast island of Sulawesi.

Read also: Strict measures imposed on foreign NGOs and media after Indonesian earthquake

EWN's Ziyanda Ngcobo is in Indonesia with NGO the Gift of the Givers.

She details how the organization's search and recovery team was turned away by the military from one of the hardest hit areas of Petobo.

She also describes some of the scenes she's witnessed while volunteering in the country.

The NGO has had to change tack and re-strategise how it can do its work.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Today we spent most of our time sending out and passing out food parcels.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

International aid has been blocked from doing what they usually do; providing medical assistance, humanitarian aid and supplying search and rescue workers.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Take a listen to the EWN update from Indonesia:


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