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Indonesia’s disaster teams struggle to go it alone. That also makes them national heroes.

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency carry bodies from a crashed plane in Wamena, Indonesia, on July 6, 2017. (Gerry Kossay/AP)

November 29 -- The Washington Post

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Retno Budiharto is on intimate terms with the dead.

Since June, the veteran of Indonesia’s search-and-rescue service has encountered bodies in buildings destroyed by earthquakes and among the sodden wreckage after a tsunami.

And when his boat slipped through a muddy brown oil slick strewn with floating aircraft debris in late October, he knew he would again be looking for bodies rather than survivors.

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