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Anyone  with even  an  inkling  of  compassion  would mourn the  suffering  and  the loss of  this innocent life.  The  mourning is  doubled  by the  knowledge  that more and  more  often  it is  becoming  obvious  that  humans  are  losing their  humanity.  There  is  no  regard  for  life, there  is  no regard for suffering.  Humanity  has  been  lost  to  greed  and callous  indifference.  I choose  not to  use ignorance  because  even  one  who is  ignorant  understands  that a living  being   has  the capacity  to  suffer.  Ignorance does not  nullify  the   ability to feel  compassion.  This  cruelty  , this  callous indifference  to  life is  not  ignorance  it is  EVIL.

~Desert Rose~

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The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant, chained and held hostage by an angry mob: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage you

  • In this shocking expose the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother reveals how baby elephant Raja was shockingly mistreated as he was kept captive in Sumatra. Following the deforestation of the land to produce palm oil, elephants have been forced to live with humans, destroying farms, flattening houses and sometimes killing people. Villagers took Raja, and demanded compensation after his family ruined crops in the area.

By Mark Shand

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In all the 30 years I have been working in Asian elephant conservation, I thought I had seen it all – blatant corruption, the rape and total disregard of our beautiful planet and sickening wildlife atrocities, to name but a few. All due to the most dangerous animal of all: homo sapiens.

Not much shocks me any more, but something happened in recent weeks that shook me to the core when the charity Elephant Family and the Ecologist Film Unit set out to document the environmental genocide that is out of control on the island of Sumatra,  Indonesia.

Sumatra is special to me because I spent a lot of time there on expeditions when I was younger. It was a paradise – vast pristine forests, intact coral reefs and abundant wildlife.

 

Raja is a male baby elephant found in north Aceh, villagers found him roaming community plantation and held him captive

Raja is a male baby elephant found in north Aceh, villagers found him roaming community plantation and held him captive

All this has changed now and their elephants are the most endangered on the planet. In a single generation, the population has been cut in half, with countless other animals disappearing at breakneck speed.

During the filming, a helpless, emaciated baby male elephant called Raja, who was barely a year old, was found in a village, shackled with heavy chains to a tree. He had been taken hostage by the villagers, who were demanding compensation from the Sumatran  government for the damage his family had done to their crops.

Can you believe that we are now  living in a world where people are actually holding baby elephants to ransom? It is almost unthinkable. But just look at the photographs – look at Raja, as he strains against his chains, waving his little trunk for food and reassurance. He is bellowing in desperation for his mother.

Can you believe that we are now living in a world where people are actually holding baby elephants to ransom?

Can you believe that we are now living in a world where people are actually holding baby elephants to ransom?

He strains against his chains, waving his little trunk for food and reassurance. He is bellowing in desperation for his mother.

He strains against his chains, waving his little trunk for food and reassurance. He is bellowing in desperation for his mother

I have heard that sound of distressed calves many times in my life. It never fails to haunt me. But it is his eyes that haunt me more than anything – pleading for help – innocent, desperate and helpless.

A war is being waged across Asia. In the face of relentless deforestation, elephants are being forced out of their natural habitats and they have no choice but to share their living space with humans. As the elephants’ forest home is destroyed, stressed and starving herds flee from the chainsaws straight into villages.

They demolish everything in sight, trampling crops, flattening houses and often killing people. Frankly, you really cannot blame the villagers for taking such drastic steps in the sheer desperation to survive and feed their own families.

Capturing a baby elephant and holding it to ransom is grisly and depressing, but it is reality as humans and elephants fight for space.

People need to know why this is  happening. They need to understand what is driving this madness.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquake

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Grim: Rescuers have recovered the bodies of another five people killed in an earthquake this week in Indonesia’s Aceh province, bringing the death toll to 35

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05.07.2013 Earthquake Indonesia Sumatra (Northern), [55 km south of Bireun, Bener Meriah district] Damage level
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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake which hit the Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday killed at least one person, injured dozens and destroyed buildings, sparking panic in a region devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004. The quake struck inland at 0737 GMT at a depth of just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) in the mountainous Bener Meriah district in the heart of Aceh, the US Geological Survey said. Houses collapsed in the district, some 320 kilometres (200 miles) from the provincial capital Banda Aceh. “A child died when a wall collapsed,” Ema Suryani, a doctor at a health clinic in Lampahan city. “We have received around 50 people with injuries suffered when the walls of their houses collapsed,” added the doctor. “The injuries vary from open wounds to broken bones.” Injured people had been transported from several affected villages in two trucks, she said. People ran outside in panic in Banda Aceh as the quake shook houses for around one minute. In April last year an 8.6-magnitude quake struck 431 kilometres off Banda Aceh, prompting an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert. Five people died and seven were injured in Aceh in the quake and following aftershocks.

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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 13:07 UTC
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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake which hit the Indonesian province of Aceh on Tuesday killed a child, injured dozens and destroyed buildings, sparking panic in a region devastated by the quake–triggered tsunami of 2004. The quake struck inland at 0737 GMT at a depth of just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) in the mountainous Bener Meriah district in the heart of Aceh, the US Geological Survey said. Houses collapsed in the district, some 320 kilometres (200 miles) from the provincial capital Banda Aceh. “A child died when a wall collapsed,” Ema Suryani, a doctor at a health clinic in Lampahan city, told AFP. “We have received around 50 people with injuries suffered when the walls of their houses collapsed,” added the doctor. “There are around 30 people seriously injured, some with head injuries. The rest have only light injuries like minor cuts and grazes.” Injured people had been transported from several affected villages in two trucks, she said. People ran outside in panic in Banda Aceh as the quake shook houses, and in Medan city to the south of Aceh province on Sumatra island. “The quake was felt strongly for around 15 seconds, from Bener Meriah to Banda Aceh. People panicked and rushed out of their homes,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 17:12 UTC
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A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s north western province of Aceh on Tuesday, causing buildings to collapse and injuring at least 50 people. The quake hit inland at 0737 GMT at a depth of just 10 kilometres, 55 kilometres south of Bireun and 72 kilometres south east of Reuleuet, the US Geological Survey said. ‘We have received around 50 people with injuries suffered when the walls of their houses collapsed,’ Ema Suryani, a doctor at a health clinic in Lampahan city, Bener Meriah district, said. ‘The injuries vary from open wounds to broken bones.’ Injured people had been transported from several affected villages in two trucks, she said. People also ran out of buildings in panic in the provincial capital Banda Aceh as the quake shook houses for around one minute, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Wednesday, 03 July, 2013 at 02:58 UTC
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An earthquake killed six children and left 14 others trapped on Tuesday when a mosque collapsed during a Koran reading session in Indonesia’s Aceh province, bringing the confirmed death toll from the disaster to 11. The strong 6.1-magnitude quake left hundreds more injured as it rocked a region that was devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004. The earthquake reduced houses in parts of Aceh to rubble, set off several landslides and badly damaged roads. Rescuers were struggling late Tuesday to find the children still trapped after the mosque collapse in Blang Mancung village, Central Aceh district. “Our search and rescue teams are struggling to evacuate an estimated 14 children still trapped under the rubble,” Subhan Sahara, the head of the local disaster management agency said.

“I hope they can be found alive but the chances are very slim,” he added, explaining they were reading the Koran together when the quake struck. The quake, which hit at a shallow depth of just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), injured more than 200 people and damaged more than 300 houses in Aceh, said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. As police and military personnel struggled to reach affected areas late Tuesday, there were two aftershocks of more than 5.0 magnitude. In a village in Bener Meriah district, one man was killed when a landslide engulfed a coffee plantation, said disaster agency official Fauzi. “A man was working at a coffee plantation with his wife when a landslide caused by the quake struck. His body was found under a pile of earth soon afterwards,” he said, adding that his wife and another woman were missing at the site. Another four people died in hospitals in the district from injuries sustained in the quake, he said.

One of the fatalities was a child who died when a wall collapsed, Ema Suryani, a doctor at a health clinic in Lampahan city in the district, said. “We have received around 50 people with injuries sustained when the walls of their houses collapsed,” added the doctor. “There are around 30 people seriously injured, some with head injuries. The rest have only light injuries like minor cuts and grazes.” Injured people had been transported from several affected villages in two trucks, she said. People ran outside in Banda Aceh as the quake shook houses, and in Medan city to the south of the province on Sumatra island. “The quake was felt strongly for around 15 seconds, from Bener Meriah to Banda Aceh. People panicked and rushed out of their homes,” national disaster agency spokesman Nugroho said.

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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Wednesday, 03 July, 2013 at 11:31 UTC
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The magnitude-6.1 quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of just 10 kilometres (6 miles) and was centred 55 kilometres (34 miles) west of the town of Bireun on the western tip of Sumatra island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Twelve people were killed and 70 others were injured by a landslide or collapsing buildings in Bener Meriah, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. He added Wednesday that the number of houses and buildings damaged in the district is still being counted. In neighbouring Central Aceh district, 10 people died, 140 were injured and about 1,500 houses and buildings were damaged, Nugroho said. The quake also triggered landslides and caused hundreds of people to be evacuated to 10 temporary shelters. At least 25 of the injured in Bener Meriah were admitted to hospital in intensive care, deputy district chief Rusli M. Saleh said. “We are now concentrating on searching for people who may be trapped under the rubble,” Saleh said. More than 100 houses and buildings were damaged in the district, he said.

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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Thursday, 04 July, 2013 at 02:59 UTC
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Soldiers, police and volunteers fanned out across an earthquake-damaged region of western Indonesia on Wednesday, scouring the debris of fallen homes and landslides for possible victims of a temblor that killed at least 29 people and injured hundreds. The magnitude-6.1 quake struck Tuesday afternoon at a depth of just 6 miles and was centered on the far western tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. Twelve people were killed and 70 others were injured by a landslide or collapsing buildings in Bener Meriah district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Fauzi, head of the local mitigation agency, said about 600 houses and building were damaged in the district, where many residents were still staying in tents outside their homes. “What we need right now are tents, since many people prefer to stay outside,” said Fauzi, who like many Indonesians uses a single name. “They all are afraid of aftershocks.” In neighboring Central Aceh district, 17 people were killed and about 350 were injured, said Subhan Sahara, head of the local mitigation agency. Nugroho said about 1,500 houses and buildings were damaged by the quake, which also triggered landslides and caused hundreds of people to be evacuated to 10 temporary shelters. Rescuers and other assistance teams arrived in Bener Meriah, while the air force dispatched aircraft to the region, Nugroho said. “We are now concentrating on searching for people who may be trapped under the rubble,” said Rusli M. Saleh, the deputy district chief of Bener Meriah. He said at least 25 of the injured in his district were hospitalized in intensive care.

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Earthquake in Indonesia on Tuesday, 02 July, 2013 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Friday, 05 July, 2013 at 09:03 UTC
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Rescuers have recovered the bodies of another five people killed in an earthquake this week in Indonesia’s Aceh province, bringing the death toll to 35. Andra Pahlevi of the army’s rescue team says the body of an 11-year-old girl was retrieved Friday from the rubble of a landslide triggered by the quake in Serempa village in Central Aceh. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the bodies of four boys were retrieved Thursday from another landslide in the nearby village of Bah. Tuesday’s magnitude-6.1 quake also damaged more than 4,300 houses and buildings, injured 275 people and left about 6,500 people displaced.

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Indonesian earthquake kills 35 and displaces more than 6,500 as thousands of homes destroyed by landslides

  • Tuesday’s magnitude-6.1 quake also damaged more than 4,300 houses
  • It injured 275 people and left about 6,500 people displaced
  • Body girl,11, was retrieved today and four boys were found yesterday

 

By Daily Mail Reporter

 

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Rescuers have recovered the bodies of another five people killed in an earthquake this week in Indonesia’s Aceh province, bringing the death toll to 35.

Andra Pahlevi of the army’s rescue team says the body of an 11-year-old girl was retrieved today from the rubble of a landslide triggered by the quake in Serempa village in Central Aceh.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the bodies of four boys were retrieved yesterday from another landslide in the nearby village of Bah.

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Grim: Rescuers have recovered the bodies of another five people killed in an earthquake this week in Indonesia’s Aceh province, bringing the death toll to 35

 

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Sombre: Rescue workers from a military unit, carry an earthquake victim, at Serempah village, central Aceh district, Indonesia

 

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Search: Indonesian soldiers use a rope to cross a swollen river as they search for victims of a landslide triggered

 

Task: Indonesian soldiers use ropes to bring a body bag across the river

Task: Indonesian soldiers use ropes to bring a body bag across the river

 

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Difficult: A rescuer uses a rope to cross the swollen river as he and his unit search for victims

 

Tuesday’s magnitude-6.1 quake also damaged more than 4,300 houses and buildings, injured 275 people and left about 6,500 people displaced.

 

As the quake hit, villagers in the area ran out of their homes in panic and screamed for help.
‘I see many houses were damaged and their roofs fell onto some people,’ Bensu Elianita, a 22-year-old resident of Bukit Sama village in Central Aceh district, said shortly after the quake hit.

‘Many people were injured, but it is difficult to evacuate them due to traffic jams.’

 

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