A Ghost Village at the Foot of Rinjani
Almost all homes in Sembalun were destroyed in the recent series of earthquakes. Locals are still suffering from trauma amid diminishing supplies.
Under a tent, eight young women huddle in front of a cooking hearth that exudes the scent of spices. One woman had a plate full of rice on her lap. Another woman shouted: "It’s done. Let’s eat."
After she gave the announcement, the woman then scooped some broth from the pot and poured it over the rice. The other seven women were ready to eat, each one with a spoon in her hand. They took turns eating from the same plate, enjoying rice a...