Trekking Mentawai

Trekking to Save a Life – Mentawai Culture and Infant Mortality

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Canoe on the way down. Trekking on the way back. Motorboat all the way down to the coast. A busy day. The kid lived. I entered the hut (sapou) where the baby’s dad cradled him. He was maybe two months old but listless. Eyes slightly open, burning up. The gaping ulcers over several parts of […]

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Mentawai Earthquake & Tsunami – Better To Be On a Boat Than Land Based Surf Resort?

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A fanciful view of the lineup after an 8.7 magnitude quake, smack bang in the middle of the channel separating the Mentawai islands from Sumatra, sends one or more walls of water over the top of Playgrounds or into Katiet to wipe it from the face of the earth. Can you imagine what’s left of Katiet […]

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