A magnitude-7.5 earthquake on 28 September 2018 triggered the tsunami, devastating parts of Sulawesi, including the coastal city of Palu. Hundreds of people died and more than 70,000 others – at least one-third of them children – were displaced.
These is an urgent need for mental health support, family reunification help, and safe places for children to play and learn.
“Aside from the immediate needs of food and shelter, internally displaced children will need support for many months to come,” says Gregor Nitihardjo, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Indonesia. “Children are particularly vulnerable during humanitarian emergencies. In such situations, we put the protection of children and their families at the centre of our actions.”
For children displaced by the disaster, there were no school activities, no place where to play, and limited food supplies. “The families and the children need a space where they feel safe,” said Mr Nitihardjo.