Through this exhibition we remember to learn and in the future be more vigilant, increase preparedness, also continue to educate, provide understanding to the public
Yogyakarta (Rifyu.com) – The Indonesian Photojournalist (PFI) Yogyakarta is holding a journalistic photo exhibition entitled Flash Pitulas to commemorate the devastating earthquake that rocked the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY) and parts of Central Java (Central Java) on May 27, 2006.
The exhibition, which will last until June 2, 2023, was opened by the Chief Executive of the DIY Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Biwara Yuswantana in Sleman, Friday.
“Through this exhibition we remember to learn and in the future to be more vigilant, increase preparedness, also continue to educate, provide understanding to the public,” said Biwara.
Biwara said the earthquake that occurred 17 years ago became a big record in the history of disasters in DIY.
According to him, the tragedy that has claimed many victims in DIY and Central Java needs to be a lesson for all because it still has the potential to repeat itself in the future.
“We hope it never happens, but in fact it has happened and not just once,” said Biwara.
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A total of 59 photojournalistic works displayed at the exhibition depict life and destruction after an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richer Scale rocked DIY-Central Java.
Views of the ruins of collapsed buildings, grief, and public panic are the focus of this exhibition.
“This exhibition tries to capture important moments during and after the earthquake. It shows people’s struggles in dealing with disasters, as well as efforts to rebuild their lives,” said Chief Executive of the Flash Pitulas Exhibition, Aka Rahman.
In addition to portraits of sadness, a number of other photos depict the spirit of post-earthquake community revival and resilience, starting from the recovery process, distribution of aid, and the community’s hard work in rebuilding damaged houses, schools and infrastructure.
Visitors can also find several photos that reflect solidarity and togetherness between the people of Yogyakarta and Central Java, including other parties who have come to provide assistance, even from the international community.
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Reporter: Luqman Hakim
Editor: Risbiani Fardaniah
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