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theguardian - 26 days ago

Indonesia s love affair with its dying natural disaster spokesman

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has stage 4 cancer, guides the country through 2,300 disasters each year and has become a national treasureSutopo Purwo Nugroho is the busiest man in Indonesia. As the spokesman for the national disaster agency, he deals with an average of 2,300 emergencies a year. This year has been the busiest in more than a decade – with a string of deadly earthquakes, a tsunami and, last week, a plane crash.But Sutopo is also battling his own personal disaster. Less than a year ago he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Now, riddled with pain, and 21 kilograms lighter after the latest bout of chemotherapy, he says the nation’s relentless stream of tragedies keeps his mind off his own struggle. Continue reading...

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