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‘I’m still in pain’: Six days after Indonesia’s double disaster, needs remain acute

The body of a disaster victim is removed for burial in a mass grave after it was laid outside a hospital on Oct. 3, 2018, in the city of Palu on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which was struck by an earthquake and tsunami on Sept. 28. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

October 3 -- The Washington Post

PALU, Indonesia — Ten-year-old Mohammad Zaki was climbing on a beachfront playground at dusk on Friday when the ground beneath him seemed to disappear. 

Badly injured and disoriented, Zaki was then hit by a rush of ocean water, as hulking waves crashed down on this coastal city. He scrambled across the debris and, when the chaos passed, realized that he was bleeding heavily, his clothes ripped from his body. He staggered toward the city and was found by a police officer. 

“He had to climb on top of a car from a hole in the ground,” said his aunt Rosmawati, 33, who sat next to his hospital bed, fanning his wounds in the crushing humidity with a piece of a cardboard box. “He was brave.” 

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