accessibility & help

Asia Pacific disasters 2009

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Why we needed your help after the 2009 Asia Pacific disasters

Almost two thousand people died and millions were left in urgent need of help after a series of devastating disasters across the region.

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How we helped after the 2009 Asia Pacific disasters

We launched an urgent appeal for the millions of people affected by a series of disasters in the region. Find out how we used the money raised.

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Interviews from Indonesia

Listen to interviews recorded with our logistics emergency response experts as they helped get relief to the earthquake survivors in Indonesia in 2009.

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Alfiyah’s story: restoring family links

Alfiyah has helped restore contact between family members after three major disasters in Indonesia.

Liz Tait outside Red Cross shelter in Sumatra

Liz's story: recovery in the aftermath

Aid worker Liz Tait shares her experiences from Sumatra, where she worked with the Indonesian Red Cross as part of our emergency response team.

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Mr Bambang’s story: cinnamon and humanity

Following the earthquake in Indonesia, it is not just the aid agencies that are keen to help. There are natural born humanitarians among the local population too.

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Mursida’s story: the children are traumatised

Mursida Sitambang was at home with her youngest child when the earthquake hit. Find out how the Red Cross has helped her.