A Picture and Its Story: In the Shadow of the Volcano
Ramadinah Milala, 8, (C) poses with neighbours as Mont Sinabung volcano erupts with ash and smoke behind them, at Kuta Tengah village, Karo Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia June 26, 2015. Beawiharta: Ramadinah and her mother, brother and 60-year-old grandmother were first forced to leave the family home in June. When the volcano started rumbling, the family fled, leaving everything behind including their cow and their pet cat. They moved to a temporary camp for those displaced by the volcano’s eruption at Simpang Empat, about 15 kilometres away.
On the day the picture was taken, the family had returned to their village in the morning because Nurheni Ginting needed to work in the aubergine fields.
"If I don't have money, I go to pick vegetables and sell them at market,” said her mother Ginting. “I need money to pay for school, for food, for transportation.”
They were due to return to the camp at 6pm. But at around 3.30pm they heard a familiar sound coming from the mountain.
“As we drove away Ramadinah just sat looking out of the window,” her mother said. “She was quiet and wasn’t talking.”
Ginting said her daughter had now begun to grasp the danger presented by the volcano and its proximity to their village. Repeated exposure to life in the camp hadn’t improved the mother’s opinion of the difficult conditions there.
““You have to sleep in a big hall full of people,” she said. “Someone is always talking and occasionally there are arguments. At times there’s noisy music playing. It’s impossible to sleep well.” REUTERS/Beawiharta