Thankful, despite losing 20 relatives to Java quake

Speaking to her brother in Java the day after the earthquake struck killing more than 6,200 people, Indonesian maid Nining Winarsih at first felt relief.

Sunday, 4 June, 2006, 12:00am

Villagers pray, count dead in quake aftermath

In the grounds behind the shattered remains of the Sacred Heart of God church in Ganjuran stands a Javanese temple which now doubles as the congregation's altar.

31 May 2006 - 12:00am

Relief operation taking shape

Sumiarti is frantic as she runs towards the car. 'You must help my village, please,' the 36-year-old pleads. 'We have no water and food. One of my sons, he cannot move his leg, and other people have diarrhoea. We have nothing.'

31 May 2006 - 12:00am

Chinese community saved by legacy of discrimination

In an ironic twist of fate, it seems one of the darker legacies of deposed Indonesian dictator Suharto may have saved many in the region's ethnic Chinese community from the worst of Saturday's earthquake destruction.

Suharto's policy of active discrimination meant that the town of Bantul, where the majority of the quake victims lived, was off limits to Chinese until recently.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am